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Questions in Dialogue

Nicholas Asher and Alex Lascarides
Linguistics and Philosophy
Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jun., 1998), pp. 237-309
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25001706
Page Count: 73
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Abstract

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.

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