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Computer Sciences, Information Science, Linguistics
In this paper we examine how people assign, interpret, negotiate and repair the frame of reference (FoR) in online text-based dialogues discussing spatial scenes in English and Swedish. We describe our corpus and data collection which involves a coordination experiment in which dyadic dialogue participants have to identify differences in their picture of a visual scene. As their perspectives of the scene are different, they must coordinate their FoRs in order to complete the task. Results show that participants do not align on a global FoR, but tend to align locally, for sub-portions (or particular conversational games) in the dialogue. This has implications for how dialogue systems should approach problems of FoR assignment – and what strategies for clarification they should implement.
Simon Dobnik, John D. Kelleher, and Christine Howes. 2020. Local alignment of frame of reference assignment in English and Swedish dialogue. In Spatial Cognition XII: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2020, Riga, Latvia, pages 251–267, Cham, Switzerland. Springer International Publishing.
Swedish Research Council; Science Foundation Ireland