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Topic: Research Seminar: "Fragments and Feedback in Human-Human Dialogue"
Posted - 02/03/2010 : 17:13:33
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Fragments and Feedback in Human-Human Dialogue
Dr. Raquel Fernandez
Institute for Logic, Language & Computation, University of Amsterdam
Date: 11 March 2010, Thursday
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Venue: G7619 (7/F, Green Zone), Academic Building, CityU
Dialogue poses challenges that are overlooked by traditional linguistic approaches that focus on isolated sentences or text. In this talk I will present work related to two challenging dialogue phenomena that are often tightly connected and typically not present in monologue: non-sentential utterances and grounding behaviour. I will start by giving an overview of a corpus-based taxonomy of non-sentential utterances (devised in collaboration with Jonathan Ginzburg) and then move on to describe experimental work (done jointly with David Schlangen) that aimed at investigating how humans use feedback and clarification strategies to cope with uncertainty in systematically distorted settings, and how this knowledge can be transferred to spoken dialogue systems.
Dr. Raquel Fernandez is an independent Research Fellow at the Institute for Logic, Language & Computation at the University of Amsterdam. She has worked as a researcher in the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), Stanford University, and in the Linguistics Department at the University of Potsdam. She is one of the founding and managing editors of the new international journal "Dialogue & Discourse" (www.dialogue-and-discourse.org) and co-president of the SemDial Board overseeing the organization of the Workshop Series on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue (www.illc.uva.nl/semdial/). She holds a Master's in Cognitive Science and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from King's College London.