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Utterance and Objective: Issues in Natural Language Communication

Barbara J. Grosz


Two premises, reflected in the title, underlie the perspective from which I will consider research in natural language processing in this article. First, progress on building computer systems that process natural languages in any meaningful sense (i.e., systems that interact reasonably with people in natural language) requires considering language as part of a larger communicative situation. Second, as the phrase “utterance and objective” suggests, regarding language as communication requires consideration of what is said literally, what is intended, and the relationship between the two.

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