The automatic generation of narratives

Mariët Theune, Nanda Slabbers, Feikje Hielkema

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    We present the Narrator, a Natural Language Generation component used in a digital storytelling system. The system takes as input a formal representation of a story plot, in the form of a causal network relating the actions of the characters to their motives and their consequences. Based on this input, the Narrator generates a narrative in Dutch, by carrying out tasks such as constructing a Document Plan, performing aggregation and ellipsis and the generation of appropriate referring expressions. We describe how these tasks are performed and illustrate the process with examples, showing how this results in the generation of coherent and well-formed narrative texts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Linguistics in the Netherlands
    Subtitle of host publicationselected papers from the seventeenth CLIN meeting
    EditorsPeter Dirix, Ineke Schuurman, Vincent Vandeghinste, Frank van Eynde
    Place of PublicationUtrecht
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)978-90-78328-41-4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
    Event17th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, CLIN 2006 - University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
    Duration: 12 Jan 200712 Jan 2007
    Conference number: 17

    Publication series

    NameLOT Occasional Series


    Conference17th Meeting of Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, CLIN 2006
    Abbreviated titleCLIN
    Other(Held on January 12th, 2007)


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