A cross-linguistic study on the production of multimodal referring expressions in dialogue

Ielka Van Der Sluis*, Saturnino Luz

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper presents a cross-linguistic data elicitation study on fully realised referring expressions (REs) in a dialogue context. A webbased experiment was set up in which participants were asked to choose REs to be uttered by one of two agents for identifying five targets in a scripted dialogue. Participants were told that the agent would point at the referents while uttering their chosen linguistic descriptions. The study was conducted in English, Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch and yielded a total of 1190 referring expressions. Our hypotheses concern sets of objects that need to be considered for identification depending on the effect of the pointing gesture. Results show interesting and significant differences between the language groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages53-62
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Event13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG 2011 - Nancy, France
Duration: 28 Sep 201130 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG 2011
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNancy
Period28/09/1130/09/11

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