Incremental Semantics for Dialogue Processing: Requirements and a Comparison of Two Approaches

Hough, Julian and Kennington, Casey and Schlangen, David and Ginzburg, Jonathan

Truly interactive dialogue systems need to construct meaning on at least a word-by-word basis. We propose desiderata for incremental semantics for dialogue models and systems, a task not heretofore attempted thoroughly. After laying out the desirable properties we illustrate how they are met by current approaches, comparing two incremental semantic processing frameworks: Dynamic Syntax enriched with Type Theory with Records (DS-TTR) and Robust Minimal Recursion Semantics with incremental processing (RMRS-IP). We conclude these approaches are not significantly different with regards to their semantic representation construction, however their purported role within semantic models and dialogue models is where they diverge.

In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS) 2015 , 2015
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@inproceedings{Hough-2015-2,
  author = {Hough, Julian and Kennington, Casey and Schlangen, David and Ginzburg, Jonathan},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS) 2015},
  location = {London},
  pages = {206--216},
  title = {{Incremental Semantics for Dialogue Processing: Requirements and a Comparison of Two Approaches}},
  year = {2015}
}