DGfS 2016 | 24.-26.2.2016

38. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft

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AG 6: Computational Pragmatics


Anton Benz, Ralf Klabunde, Sebastian Reuße, Jon Stevens


Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
Noah Goodman, Stanford University


Computational pragmatics can be understood in two different senses. First, it can be seen as a subfield of computational linguistics, in which it has a longer tradition. Example phenomena addressed in this tradition are: computational models of implicature, dialogue act planning, discourse structuring, coreference resolution (Bunt & Black 2000, and others). Second, it can refer to a rapidly growing field at the interface between linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence. An example is the rational speech act model (Frank & Goodman 2012) which uses Bayesian methods for modeling cognitive aspects of the interpretation of sentence fragments and implicatures. Computational pragmatics is of growing interest to linguistic pragmatics, first, due to the availability of theories that are precise enough to form the basis of NLP systems (e.g. game theoretic pragmatics, SDRT, RST), and second, due to the additional opportunities which computational pragmatics provides for advanced experimental testing of pragmatic theories. As such, it enhances theoretical, experimental and corpus-based approaches to pragmatics.

In this workshop, we want to bring together researchers from both branches of computational linguistics, as well as linguists with an interest in formal approaches to pragmatics. Topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

- implicature calculation and its implementation in NLP systems: interaction with information structure, discourse relations, dialogue goals etc.

- computational models of experimental results and computational systems as a means for experimental research

- corpus annotation of pragmatic phenomena

We welcome contributions by theoretical linguists, computational linguists, and corpus linguists with an interest in computational approaches to pragmatics and their empirical underpinning.

We solicit contributions for 30 (20+10) and 60 minute (45+15) presentations. In case of a 30 minute presentation, authors should submit an anonymous 2 page extended abstract. For 60 minute presentations, authors should submit an anonymous 4 page paper (in both cases: A4, font size: 12pt, line spacing: 1.5).

Please send your abstract and paper to: compprag2016@linguistics.rub.de. The subject of the message should be ‘computational pragmatics 2016’, and the body of the message should include the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s), and contact information (including email address).

The workshop language is English. We are planning to publish selected contributions as a special issue of an appropriate, internationally renowned journal.


Bunt, H. & Black, W. 2000. The ABC of Computational Pragmatics. In: Bunt, H. and W. Black (eds.) Abduction, Belief and Context in Dialogue: Studies in Computational Pragmatics.; 1–46.
Frank, M. C., & Goodman, N. D. (2012). Predicting pragmatic reasoning in language games. Science, 336(6084), 998.



Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2016

14:00 - 15:00

Harry Bunt:

Computational pragmatics revisited

15:00 - 16:00

Sabine Janzen & Wolfgang Maaß:

Balancing dialogues with mixed motives

16:00 - 16:30 Kaffeepause
16:30 - 17:30

Martín Villalba & Alexander Koller:

Interactive natural language generation in virtual environments

17:30 - 18:30

Kees van Deemter:

Computational models of choice in language production: the case of reference


Donnerstag, 25. Februar 2016

9:00 - 10:00

Jon Stevens:

The turnip question: A game-theoretic look at non-literal answers

10:00 - 11:00

Michael Franke & Leon Bergen:

Embedded scalars and reasoning about the QUD

11:00 - 11:30Kaffeepause
11:30 - 12:30

Noah Goodman:

Unusual uncertainty in language understanding: Vagueness and accommodation


Freitag, 26. Februar 2016

11:30 - 12:00

Mark-Matthias Zymla:

Pragmatic inferencing via abstract knowledge representation in LFG

12:00 - 12:30

Florian Kuhn:

Towards building a German legal decision corpus for argumentation mining

12:30 - 13:00

Eva Horch:

Article missing?

13:00 - 13:30

Simon Musgrave, Michael Haugh & Andrea Schalley:

Looking for a good laugh: Using ontologies to access pragmatic phenomena through spoken corpora

13:30 - 14:00Schlussbemerkungen