Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Declarative Framework for Building Compositional Dialog Modules

William Thompson, Harry Bliss

Motorola Labs, Schaumburg, IL, USA

Rapid development of spoken language dialog applications requires a domain-portable dialog framework and the ability to re-use dialogs which have already been created. Satisfying this goal should not come at the expense of dialog flexibility and naturalness. Current frameworks which enable dialog re-use typically do so by linking dialogs sequentially in a finite-state graph, producing a rigid dialog flow. This paper describes a framework for specifying dialogs that both enables re-use and maintains flexibility and naturalness. This is accomplished through nesting frame descriptions. The structure of a dialog is compositionally determined both by its own top-level frame description and by the frame description of the dialogs which are nested within it.

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Bibliographic reference.  Thompson, William / Bliss, Harry (2000): "A declarative framework for building compositional dialog modules", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 640-643.