A Cross-Linguistic Study on the Production of Multimodal Referring Expressions in Dialogue

van der Sluis, I. & Luz, S., 2011, Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG11). Nancy, p. 53-62

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This paper presents a cross-linguistic data
elicitation study on fully realised referring expressions
(REs) in a dialogue context. A webbased
experiment was set up in which participants
were asked to choose REs to be uttered
by one of two agents for identifying five targets
in a scripted dialogue. Participants were
told that the agent would point at the referents
while uttering their chosen linguistic descriptions.
The study was conducted in English,
Japanese, Portuguese and Dutch and yielded
a total of 1190 referring expressions. Our
hypotheses concern sets of objects that need
to be considered for identification depending
on the effect of the pointing gesture. Results
show interesting and significant differences
between the language groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG11)
Place of PublicationNancy
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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