Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 237–309 | Cite as

Questions in Dialogue

  • Nicholas Asher
  • Alex Lascarides


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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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

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