On the Means for Clarification in Dialogue

  title={On the Means for Clarification in Dialogue},
  author={Matthew Purver and Jonathan Ginzburg and Patrick G. T. Healey},
  booktitle={SIGDIAL Workshop},
The ability to request clarification of utterances is a vital part of the commun icative process. In this paper we discuss the range of possible forms for clarification requests, together with the range of readings they can convey. We pres ent the results of corpus analysis which show a correlation between certain form s and possible readings, together with some indication of maximum likely distance be tween request and the utterance being clarified. We then explain the implicatio ns of these… CONTINUE READING
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