8.3268 Language in Dialogue


Type Language Semester Credits Hours Room Time Term Year
S e 4 4 2 Fr 12-14 S 2017
BSc: optional compulsory (Wahlpflichtbereich)
BSc examination field: Computational Linguistics (KOGW-WPM-CL)
MSc: Major subject
MSc major: Linguistics and Computational Linguistics


Prerequisites: Introduction to Computational Linguistics

Formal linguistic theories standardly ignore the modelling of human interaction and most current grammars for natural languages are in principle unable to deal with the empirical phenomena encountered during the analysis of conversational dialogue data. This course will provide an introduction to the issues arising when designing a formally explicit framework for combining the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of modelling language use during interaction. We will also examine the psychological and social foundations of the analysis of conversation through current debates in theories of joint action. In this connection, it will be shown that many theoretical and computational linguistics problems are transformed by adopting the joint action perspective and that this point of view has significant implications for psychological, sociological, and philosophical research on human cognition, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence.

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