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Title: Production of referring expressions : preference trumps discrimination
Authors: Gatt, Albert
Krahmer, Emiel
van Gompel, Roger P. G.
van Deemter, Kees
Keywords: Natural language processing (Computer science)
Corpora (Linguistics)
Linguistic analysis (Linguistics)
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Cognitive Science Society
Citation: Gatt, A., Krahmer, E., van Gompel, R. P., & van Deemter, K. (2013). Production of referring expressions: preference trumps discrimination. 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin. 483-488.
Abstract: When referring to an object using a description, speak- ers need to select properties which jointly distinguish it from any potential distractors. Previous empirical and computational work addressing this content selec- tion process has highlighted the role of both (i) the dis- criminatory power of properties of a referent, i.e. how many of the distractors in a domain each property ex- cludes; (ii) how inherently salient or preferred a property is. To date, there has been no attempt to systematically investigate the trade-o between these two potentially competing motivations. This paper investigates experi- mentally the extent to which speakers take discrimina- tory power versus preference into account during con- tent selection for reference production. Our results sug- gest that discriminatory power in fact plays a relatively unimportant role. We discuss the implications of this for computational models of reference production.
ISBN: 9780976831891
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