Generating more natural route descriptions

Robert Dale, Sabine Geldof, Jean-Philippe Prost

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In this paper we tackle the problem of generating natural route descriptions on the basis of input obtained from a commercially available wayfinding system. We adopt a standard pipelined natural language generation architecture, and focus in particular on the role of the generation subtasks of aggregation and referring expression generation in producing fluent output. Through examples we demonstrate that it is possible to bridge the gap between underlying representation and natural sounding descriptions. Further work along these lines will contribute both to the area of natural language generation and to the improvement of wayfinding system interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2002 Australasian Natural Language Processing Workshop
EditorsSabine Geldof, Diego Molla-Aliod
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherCentre for Language Technology, Division of Information and Communication Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)1864088001
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event5th Australasian Natural Language Processing Workshop - Canberra
Duration: 2 Dec 20026 Dec 2002


Workshop5th Australasian Natural Language Processing Workshop
Abbreviated titleANLP2002


  • Natural language generation
  • wayfinding systems
  • microplanning


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