7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

September 16-20, 2002
Denver, Colorado, USA

Reference Resolution by Human Partners in a Natural Interactive Problem-Solving Task

Ellen Campana, Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Michael K. Tanenhaus

University of Rochester, USA

We examined how listeners circumscribe referential domains for referring expressions by monitoring participantís eye movements as they engaged in a natural interactive problem-solving task with another naÔve participant. This research had two goals: (1) determine whether existing psycholinguistic methodologies for studying online processing can be extended to interactive conversation, and (2) assess whether studying language in this manner can provide insight into the theoretical limitations of various strategies for reference resolution commonly employed in computational spoken dialogue systems.

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Bibliographic reference.  Campana, Ellen / Brown-Schmidt, Sarah / Tanenhaus, Michael K. (2002): "Reference resolution by human partners in a natural interactive problem-solving task", In ICSLP-2002, 2057-2060.