Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

A "Speech Acts" Approach to Grounding in Conversation

David R. Traum, James F. Allen

Computer Science Department, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA

We propose that Grounding, the process of achieving mutual understanding between participants in a conversation, be analyzed in terms of the actions performed by the conversants which contribute to achieving this mutual understanding. We propose a set of Grounding Acts which facilitate this analysis. This paper describes Grounding Acts, and a "grammar" stipulating which series of performance of grounding acts result in grounded content.

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Bibliographic reference.  Traum, David R. / Allen, James F. (1992): "A "speech acts" approach to grounding in conversation", In ICSLP-1992, 137-140.