Contradictions and revisions as explanatory aids in the delivery of technical information

Ingrid Zukerman, Yee Han Cheong

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    In discourse produced by human speakers, the technical information is often interleaved with rhetorical devices such as contradictions, illustrations and analogies. These rhetorical devices carry important information which assists the listener in assimilating the imparted knowledge. In this paper, we present a taxonomy of rhetorical devices commonly used in a tutoring environment, and model their meaning in terms of their anticipated effect on a listener’s knowledge. These predictions are then used in planning computer generated discourse. As a testbed for our ideas, we are implementing a system, called WISHFUL, to generate commentaries in the domain of high-school algebra within the framework of an Intelligent Tutoring System.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAI 1988 - 2nd Australian Joint Artificial Intelligence Conference, Proceedings
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9783540520627
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990
    EventAustralasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 1988 - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 15 Nov 198818 Nov 1988
    Conference number: 2nd (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume406 LNAI
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceAustralasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 1988
    Abbreviated titleAI 1988
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    • Discourse generation
    • Intelligent tutoring systems
    • Listener model
    • Natural language

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