Accession Number : ADA234857


Title :   Planning Multisentential English Text Using Communicative Acts


Descriptive Note : Rept. for Oct 1987-Sep 1990


Corporate Author : ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB NY


Personal Author(s) : Maybury, Mark T


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a234857.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1990


Pagination or Media Count : 352


Abstract : This technical report contains a dissertation submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge. This dissertation discusses the investigation of the hypothesis that the generation of multiple utterances, as with planning single utterances (Appelt, 1985), is a plan-based activity that is based on communicative acts. This requires the analysis of text in search for underlying communicative acts that achieve distinct effects of the hearer's knowledge, beliefs, and desires. Thus this dissertation investigates the communicative structure and communicative function of a range of explanations for knowledge based systems. Related to this is the issue of how focus constrains generation (Sidner, 1979; McKeown, 1982) and so a second theoretical aim is to investigate how attentional constraints relate to text planning and linguistic realization.


Descriptors :   *KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS , PHYSICIANS , ENGLISH LANGUAGE , HYPOTHESES


Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE