Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 237–309

Questions in Dialogue

  • Nicholas Asher
  • Alex Lascarides
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005364332007

Cite this article as:
Asher, N. & Lascarides, A. Linguistics and Philosophy (1998) 21: 237. doi:10.1023/A:1005364332007

Abstract

In this paper we explore how compositional semantics, discourse structure, and the cognitive states of participants all contribute to pragmatic constraints on answers to questions in dialogue. We synthesise formal semantic theories on questions and answers with techniques for discourse interpretation familiar from computational linguistics, and show how this provides richer constraints on responses in dialogue than either component can achieve alone.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Asher
    • 1
  • Alex Lascarides
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA, e-mail
  2. 2.Centre for Cognitive Science and HCRCUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghScotland, e-mail