Production of Demonstratives in Dutch, English and Portuguese dialogues

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    Abstract

    A data elicitation study on the type of demonstratives
    and determiners selected to denote
    objects in English, Dutch and Portuguese dialogues
    is presented. Participants were given
    a scenario and a scripted dialogue in which
    a furniture seller identifies target objects to
    a buyer. They were then asked to choose a
    combination of a determiner or demonstrative
    and a referring expression to be uttered by the
    seller and told that the agent would point at
    the targets while uttering the chosen linguistic
    descriptions. The study was conducted with
    native speakers and rendered a total of 920
    demonstratives and determiners. It focused
    on accessibility of the target referents and
    distance between agents and target referents.
    Results show that the three language groups
    largely agree in their preferences and, in contrast
    to previous work, align with a nearby/far
    away distinction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG'11)
    Place of PublicationNancy
    PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
    Pages181-186
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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