exercises

14. communication and collaboration models

EXERCISE 14.3

What is speech act theory? Describe positive and negative issues that have arisen when it has been embodied in a specific system.

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Speech act theory characterizes utterances by what they do - their effects. These can include requests, promises, assertions, etc. Conversation can therefore be analysed as a series of speech acts and generic conversations can be generated. The theory is used in Coordinator. Benefits - structure of conversation made explicit, clarifies effects of utterances, some evidence that it has helped train communication skills. Problems - disliked by users, speech acts don't fully describe conversations and are therefore too restrictive, unnatural.

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ex.14.1 (ans), ex.14.2 (ans), ex.14.3 (tut), ex.14.4 (tut), ex.14.5 (tut), ex.14.6 (tut), ex.14.7 (tut)

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