Discussion papers

CPM-CPM-17-193 - 4 October 2017

New paper: "Interruptions as Speech Acts" by Peter Wallis and Bruce Edmonds

Wallis, P. and Edmonds, B. (2017) Interruptions as Speech Acts. In Cafaro et al. (eds.) Proceedings of the first Workshop on Conversational Interruptions in Human-Agent Interactions, (WCIHAI 2017), Stockholm, Sweden, August 27, 2017. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1943/

Abstract. This paper introduces a model of human communication in which `accounting-for’ is the basis of meaning, and argues that interruptions should be handled in the same way as any other speech act. The model has at its core the idea that human languages are inherently intentional — we focus on our conversational partner’s goals — and that what is needed is mixed initiative at the level of intent. It would seem interruptions can reaffirm or contradict the speaker’s current intent and
the paper finishes with a description of our (very) shallow approach to intention recognition.

Paper available at: http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1943/WCIHAI-17-05.pdf