Questions in Dialogue

Nicholas Asher, Alex Lascarides

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In this paper we explore how compositional semantics, discourse structure, and the cognitive states of participants all contribute to pragmatic constraints on answers to questions in dialogue. We synthesise formal semantic theories on questions and answers with techniques for discourse interpretation familiar from computational linguistics, and show how this provides richer constraints on responses in dialogue than either component can achieve alone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-309
Number of pages73
JournalLinguistics and Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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