The impact of visual context on the content of referring expressions

Jette Viethen*, Robert Dale, Markus Guhe

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Abstract

Traditional approaches to referring expression generation (REG) have taken as a fundamental requirement the need to distinguish the intended referent from other entities in the context. It seems obvious that this should be a necessary condition for successful reference; but we suggest that a number of recent investigations cast doubt on the significance of this aspect of reference. In the present paper, we look at the role of visual context in determining the content of a referring expression, and come to the conclusion that, at least in the referential scenarios underlying our data, visual context appears not to be a major factor in content determination for reference. We discuss the implications of this surprising finding.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationENLG 2011 - 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, Proceedings
Place of PublicationStroudsburg, PA
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages44-52
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG 2011 - Nancy, France
Duration: 28 Sep 201130 Sep 2011

Other

Other13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, ENLG 2011
CountryFrance
CityNancy
Period28/09/1130/09/11

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