A Context-Change Semantics for Dialogue Acts

  • Harry Bunt
Part of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (TLTB, volume 47)


This chapter presents an update semantic for dialogue acts, defined in terms of combinations of ‘elementary update functions’. This approach allows fine-grained distinctions to be made between related types of dialogue acts, and relations like entailment and exclusion between dialogue acts to be established. The approach is applied to the inventory of dialogue act types in the DIT++ taxonomy, using dialogue act representations as defined in the Dialogue Act Markup Language (DiAML), which is part of the recently established ISO standard 24617-2 for dialogue act annotation.


Semantic Content Context Model Communicative Function Abstract Syntax Annotation Scheme 
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I thank the members of the Tilburg Dialogue Club, who over the years have contributed to shaping Dynamic Interpretation Theory and the DIT++ annotation scheme, as well as PhD students and colleagues in related projects. This includes Volha Petukhova, Jeroen Geertzen, Simon Keizer, Roser Morante, Amanda Schiffrin, Ielka van der Sluis, Hans van Dam, Yann Girard, Rintse van der Weff, Elyon Dekoven, Paul Piwek, Robbert-Jan Beun, René Ahn, and Leen Kievit. Important contributions have also come from collaborative work in relation to ISO project 24617-2 “Semantic Annotation Framework, Part 2: Dialogue Acts”, in particular with David Traum, Jan Alexandersson, Andrei Popescu-Belis, Laurent Prévot, Marcin Wlodarzcak, Jens Allwood, Jean Carletta, Jae-Woong Choe, Alex Fang, Kiyong Lee, Laurent Romary, Nancy Ide, Claudia Soria, Dirk Heylen, and David Novick.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg Center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) and Department of PhilosophyTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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