Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)
In this paper we describe a mechanism developed to generate well-formed sentences across multiple domains from a common semantic representation. This language generation component is embedded in conversational systems that permit users to query databases via spoken requests. The generation mechanism serves two distinct but overlapping roles: paraphrasing user utterances, and responding to user queries. The generation component is completely table-driven, with separate tables controlling the generation for each distinct language. Convenient mechanisms for specifying inflectional endings and for handling movement phenomena have been developed. The system can generate responses/paraphrases for a variety of languages and for several different database-query tasks. We report evaluation results for paraphrasing in an air-travel domain.
Bibliographic reference. Glass, James R. / Polifroni, Joseph / Seneff, Stephanie (1994): "Multilingual language generation across multiple domains", In ICSLP-1994, 983-986.