Natural language understanding in dialogue systems is taken to consist of two subsequent processes: rewrite and understand. The rewriting proces is a transformational proces in which natural language utterances are mapped via a sequence of context-sensitive string to string transformations onto some semantic normal form. In the understand proces an interpretation of the semantic form is made, with respect to a particular dialogue state. The rewrite proces is completely independent of the state of the dialogue. The transformational approach presented is compared with more traditional grammatical and parsing approaches. The approach is used in a first prototype of a natural language interface for a theatre information and booking system.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Industrial Applications (NLP-IA 1998)|
|Place of Publication||Moncton, Canada|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1998|
|Event||2nd Conference on Natural Language Processing and Industrial Applications NLP-IA 1998 - Moncton, Canada|
Duration: 18 Aug 1998 → 21 Aug 1998
Conference number: 2
|Conference||2nd Conference on Natural Language Processing and Industrial Applications NLP-IA 1998|
|Period||18/08/98 → 21/08/98|
- HMI-MI: MULTIMODAL INTERACTIONS
- Dialogue systems
- Robust parsing
- Software engineering
Lie, D. H., Hulstijn, J., op den Akker, R., & Nijholt, A. (1998). A Transformational Approach to NL Understanding in Dialogue Systems. In C. Moghrabi (Ed.), Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Industrial Applications (NLP-IA 1998) (pp. 163-168). Moncton, Canada.