Bilingual Dialogs with a Network Operating System

Emad Al-Shawakfa and Martha Evens

We are building a natural language interface to the Novell NetWare Network Operating System that can carry on dialogs in Arabic or English or, sometimes, a mixture of the two. The parser is based on extensive case frame tables. We have developed a set of thirty target commands that we feel are appropriate for novice users. Our response generation capabilities are minimal at this moment. We are collecting and studying user dialogs to provide better response generation capabilities. We are also investigating the different ways that novice users express commands to the Novell Network Operating System to cover as many cases as possible.

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