Asking between the lines: Elicitation of evoked questions in text

Matthijs Westera, Hannah Rohde

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We introduce a novel, scalable method aimed at annotating potential and actual Questions Under Discussion (QUDs) in naturalistic discourse. It consists of asking naive participants first what questions a certain portion of the discourse evokes for them and subsequently which of those end up being answered as the discourse proceeds. This paper outlines the method and design decisions that went into it and on characterizing high level properties of the resulting data. We highlight ways in which the data gathered via our method could inform our understanding of QUD-driven phenomena and QUD models themselves. We also provide access to a visualization tool for viewing the evoked questions we gathered using this method (N=4765 from 111 crowdsourced annotators).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Amsterdam Colloquium
EditorsJulian J. Schlöder, Dean McHugh, Floris Roelofsen
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2019


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