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Title: Do Speakers Produce Discourse Connectives Rationally?
Author(s): Yung, Frances Pikyu
Demberg, Vera
Editor(s): Idiart, Marco
Lenci, Alessandro
Poibeau, Thierry
Villavicencio, Aline
Language: English
Title: Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Learning and Processing - proceedings of the Eighth workshop
Startpage: 6
Endpage: 16
Publisher/Platform: ACL
Year of Publication: 2018
Title of the Conference: CogACLL 2018
Place of the conference: Melbourne, Australia
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: A number of different discourse connectives can be used to mark the same discourse relation, but it is unclear what factors affect connective choice. One recent account is the Rational Speech Acts theory, which predicts that speakers try to maximize the informativeness of an utterance such that the listener can interpret the intended meaning correctly. Existing prior work uses referential language games to test the rational account of speakers’ production of concrete meanings, such as identification of objects within a picture. Building on the same paradigm, we design a novel Discourse Continuation Game to investigate speakers’ production of abstract discourse relations. Experimental results reveal that speakers significantly prefer a more informative connective, in line with predictions of the RSA model.
DOI of the first publication: 10.18653/v1/W18-2802
URL of the first publication: https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W18-2802
Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/28863
http://dx.doi.org/10.22028/D291-30473
ISBN: 978-1-948087-41-4
Date of registration: 12-Mar-2020
Faculty: MI - Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
Department: MI - Informatik
Professorship: MI - Prof. Dr. Vera Demberg
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