Generating relational references: what makes a difference?

Henriette Viethen, Robert Dale

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When we describe an object in order to enable a listener to identify it, we often do so by indicating the location of that object with respect to other objects in a scene. This requires the use of a relational referring expression; while these are very common, they are relatively unexplored in work on referring expression generation. In this paper, we describe an experiment in which we gathered data on how humans use relational referring expressions in simple scenes, with the aim of identifying the factors that make a difference to the ways in which humans construct referring expressions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-168
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2008 (ALTA 2008)
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAustralasian Language Technology Workshop - Hobart
Duration: 8 Dec 200810 Dec 2008


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