Production of demonstratives in Dutch, English and Portuguese dialogues

Saturnino Luz*, Ielka Van Der Sluis

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A data elicitation study on the type of demonstratives and determiners selected to denote objects in English, Dutch and Portuguese dialogues is presented. Participants were given a scenario and a scripted dialogue in which a furniture seller identifies target objects to a buyer. They were then asked to choose a combination of a determiner or demonstrative and a referring expression to be uttered by the seller and told that the agent would point at the targets while uttering the chosen linguistic descriptions. The study was conducted with native speakers and rendered a total of 920 demonstratives and determiners. It focused on accessibility of the target referents and distance between agents and target referents. Results show that the three language groups largely agree in their preferences and, in contrast to previous work, align with a nearby/far away distinction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages181-186
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 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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