Abducing temporal discourse

Alex Lascarides, Jon Oberlander

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We focus on the following question: given the causal and temporal relations between events in a knowledge base, what are the ways they can be described in extended text? We argue that we want to be able to generate laconic text, where certain temporal information remains implicit but pragmatically inferrable. An algorithm for generating laconic text is proposed, interleaving abduction and nonmonotonic deduction over a formal model of pragmatic implicature. We demonstrate that the nonmonotonicity ensures that the generation of laconic text is influenced by the preceding linguistic and extra-linguistic context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAspects of Automated Natural Language Generation
Subtitle of host publication6th International Workshop on Natural Language Generation Trente, Italy, April 5–7 1992 Proceedings
EditorsR. Dale, E. Hovy, D. Rösner, O. Stock
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-47054-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-55399-1
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

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