Referability

Kees van Deemter*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Introduction

A key task of almost any natural language generation (NLG) system is to refer to entities. Linguists and philosophers have a long tradition of theorizing about reference. In the words of the philosopher John Searle,

Any expression which serves to identify any thing, process, event, action, or any other kind of individual or particular I shall call a referring expression. Referring expressions point to particular things; they answer the questions Who?, What?, Which?
(Searle, 1969)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Language Generation in Interactive Systems
EditorsA Stent, S Bangalore
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages95-125
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9780511844492
ISBN (Print)9781107010024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • generating referring expressions
  • incremental algorithm
  • constraints

Cite this

van Deemter, K. (2014). Referability. In A. Stent, & S. Bangalore (Eds.), Natural Language Generation in Interactive Systems (pp. 95-125). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511844492.005