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Towards a formal view of corrective feedback

Proceeding CACLA '09 Proceedings of the EACL 2009 Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of Computational Language Acquisition
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Conference paper - peer reviewed

This paper introduces a formal view of
the semantics and pragmatics of corrective feedback in dialogues between adults and children. The goal of this research is to give a formal account of language coordination in dialogue, and semantic coordination in particular. Accounting for semantic coordination requires (1) a semantics, i.e. an architecture allowing for dynamic
meanings and meaning updates as
results of dialogue moves, and (2) a pragmatics, describing the dialogue moves involved in semantic coordination. We illustrate the general approach by applying it
to some examples from the literature on corrective feedback, and provide a fairly detailed discussion of one example using TTR (Type Theory with Records) to formalize concepts. TTR provides an analysis of linguistic content which is structured in order to allow modification and similarity
metrics, and a framework for describing dialogue moves and resulting updates to linguistic resources.


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