Utterance and Objective: Issues In Natural Language Communication
by Grosz, Barbara J.
Technical Note 188
Institution: AI Center, SRI International
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Note: Revised. This paper appears in the AI Magazine, v.1, n.1, Spring 1980. An earlier version appears in Proceedings of the 6th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Aug 1979.
Communication in natural language requires a combination of language-specific and general common-sense reasoning capabilities, the ability to represent and reason about the beliefs, goals, and plans of multiple agents, and the recognition that utterances are multifaceted. This paper evaluates the capabilities of natural language processing systems against these requirements and identifies crucial areas for future research in language processing, common-sense reasoning, and their coordination.