Negotiating causal implicatures

Luciana Benotti1 and Patrick Blackburn2
1Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, 2INRIA Nancy Grand Est, France


In this paper we motivate and describe a dialogue manager which is able to infer and negotiate causal implicatures. A causal implicature is a type of Gricean relation implicature, and the ability to infer them is crucial in situated dialogue. Because situated dialogue interleaves conversational acts and physical acts, the dialogue manager needs to have a grasp on causal implicatures in order not only to decide what physical acts to do next but also to generate causally-aware clarifications.