Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 423–443

Lexical Choice and Conceptual Perspective in the Generation of Plural Referring Expressions


DOI: 10.1007/s10849-007-9047-0

Cite this article as:
Gatt, A. & van Deemter, K. J of Log Lang and Inf (2007) 16: 423. doi:10.1007/s10849-007-9047-0


A fundamental part of the process of referring to an entity is to categorise it (for instance, as the woman). Where multiple categorisations exist, this implicitly involves the adoption of a conceptual perspective. A challenge for the automatic Generation of Referring Expressions is to identify a set of referents coherently, adopting the same conceptual perspective. We describe and evaluate an algorithm to achieve this. The design of the algorithm is motivated by the results of psycholinguistic experiments.


Natural language generationGeneration of referring expressionsPluralsConceptual coherenceSemantic similarity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK