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Computational Pragmatics

definition: Pragmatics studies language use, and particularly linguistic communication, in relation to context. For communication to work, hearers must recognize speakers' communicative intentions, whereby the connection between intentions and sentences relies on a shared system of beliefs and inferences. Communication is also a social affair, relying on a shared conception of the context situation. Current computational applications are mostly dialogue systems and text generation systems.
related project(s):
related organisation(s):
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Saarland University
  • Stanford University
related person(s):
related system(s) / resource(s):
  • Research Prototype: DORIS
  • Research Prototype: SPUD
  • Research Prototype: GoDiS
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related publication(s):

Logics of Conversation.
Asher, Nicholas and Lascarides, Alex.
Cambridge University Press. 2003.

Computing Meaning: Volume 2.
Bunt, Harry and Muskens, Reinhard and Thijsse, Elias.
Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2002.

Intentions in communication.
Cohen, Philip R. and Morgan, Jerry and Pollack, Martha E.
The M.I.T. Press. System Development Foundation Benchmark. Cambridge, MA. 1990.

Interpretation As Abduction.
Hobbs, Jerry R. And Stickel, Mark E. And Appelt, Douglas E. And Martin, Paul.
Artificial Intelligence
. 63. 1993. 69-142.

Presupposition projection as anaphora resolution.
van der Sandt, Rob A.
Journal of semantics. 9. 1992. 333-377.

Abduction, Belief and Context in Dialogue: Studies in Computational Pragmatics.
Bunt, Harry C. and Black, William. John Benjamins.
Amsterdam. 2000.