Modelling Politeness in Natural Language Generation

  • Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta
  • Chris Mellish
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-27823-8_15

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3123)
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Porayska-Pomsta K., Mellish C. (2004) Modelling Politeness in Natural Language Generation. In: Belz A., Evans R., Piwek P. (eds) Natural Language Generation. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3123. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


One of the main objectives of research in Natural Language generation (NLG) is to account for linguistic variation in a systematic way. Research on linguistic politeness provides important clues as to the possible causes of linguistic variation and the ways in which it may be modelled formally. In this paper we present a simple language generation model for choosing the appropriate surface realisations of tutoring responses based on the politeness notion of face. We adapt the existing definition of face to the demands of the educational genre and we demonstrate how a politeness driven NLG system may result in a more natural and a more varied form of linguistic output.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaśka Porayska-Pomsta
    • 1
  • Chris Mellish
    • 2
  1. 1.School of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Department of Computing Science, King’s CollegeUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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