Predicting the Next Utterance Linguistic Expressions Using Contextual Information

Hitoshi IIDA  Takayuhi YAMAOKA  Hidekazu ARITA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E76-D   No.1   pp.62-73
Publication Date: 1993/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Speech and Discourse Processing in Dialogue Systems)
dialogue understanding,  plan recognition,  universal pragmatics,  utterance prediction,  speech recognition,  

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A context-sensitive method to predict linguistic expressions in the next utterance in inquiry dialogues is proposed. First, information of the next utterance, the utterance type, the main action and the discourse entities, can be grasped using a dialogue interpretation model. Secondly, focusing in particular on dialogue situations in context, a domain-dependent knowledge-base for literal usage of both noun phrases and verb phrases is developed. Finally, a strategy to make a set of linguistic expressions which are derived from semantic concepts consisting of appropriate expressions can be used to select the correct candidate from the speech recognition output. In this paper, some of the processes are particularly examined in which sets of polite expressions, vocatives, compound nominal phrases, verbal phrases, and intention expressions, which are common in telephone inquiry dialogue, are created.