Recognizing that the generation of natural language is a goal- driven process, where many of the goals are pragmatic (i.e., interpersonal and situational) in nature, this book provides an overview of the role of pragmatics in language generation.
Each chapter states a problem that arises in generation, develops a pragmatics-based solution, and then describes how the solution is implemented in PAULINE, a language generator that can produce numerous versions of a single underlying message, depending on its setting.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction. Pragmatics. Interpretation in Generation. Affect in Text. Creating Style. Grammar and A Phrasal Lexicon. Planning and Realization. A Review of Language Generation. Appendices.
"....The book is necessary reading for anyone working in NL generation. It is profitable reading for anybody engaged in natural language processing. And it is worthwhile reading for linguists specializing in pragmatics, style, or language production."