Building arguments with argumentation: the role of illocutionary force in computational models of argument

Chris Reed, Simon Wells, Katarzyna Budzynska, Joseph Devereux

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    This paper builds upon the proposed dialogical extensions to the AIF, termed AIF(+), by making explicit the representation of the role of illocutionary force in the connection between argument structures and dialogical structures. Illocutionary force is realised in the form of Illocutionary Application (YA-) nodes that provide an explicit linkage between the locutions uttered during a dialogue and the underlying arguments expressed by the content of those locutions. This linkage is explored in the context of two contrasting dialogue games from the literature, demonstrating how the approach can support the development of computational models in which the speech-act function of communicative moves can be accounted for.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputational Models of Argument
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of COMMA 2010
    EditorsPietro Baroni, Federico Cerutti, Massimiliano Giacomin, Guillermo R. Simari
    Place of PublicationAmsterdam
    PublisherIOS Press
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781607506195
    ISBN (Print)9781607506188
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventThird International Conference on Computational Models of Argument - Palazzo Todeschini (Todeschini Palace), Desenzano del Garda, Italy
    Duration: 8 Sept 201010 Sept 2010

    Publication series

    NameFrontiers in artificial intelligence and applications
    PublisherIOS Press
    ISSN (Print)0922-6389


    ConferenceThird International Conference on Computational Models of Argument
    Abbreviated titleCOMMA 2010
    CityDesenzano del Garda
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    • argumentation
    • dialogue
    • AIF
    • speech acts
    • illocutionary force

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