Cascaded Lexicalised Classifiers for Second-Person Reference Resolution

Matthew Purver, Raquel Fernández, Matthew Frampton and Stanley Peters

SIGDIAL Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2009)
Queen Mary University of London, September 11-12, 2009


This paper examines the resolution of the second person English pronoun "you" in multi-party dialogue. Following previous work, we attempt to classify instances as generic or referential, and in the latter case identify the singular or plural addressee. We show that accuracy and robustness can be improved by use of specific lexical features, capturing the intuition that different uses and addressees are associated with different vocabularies; and we show that there is an advantage to treating referentiality and addressee identification as separate (but connected) problems.