Generating Argumentative Judgment Determiners

Michael Elhadad

This paper presents a procedure to generate judgment determiners, e.g., many, few. Although such determiners carry very little objective information, they are extensively used in everyday language. The paper presents a precise characterization of a class of such determiners using three semantic tests. A conceptual representation for sets is then derived from this characterization which can serve as an input to a generator capable of producing judgment determiners. In a second part, a set of syntactic features controlling the realization of complex determiner sequences is presented. The ma@ing from the conceptual input to this set of syntactic features is then presented. The presented procedure relies on a description of the speaker’s argumentative intent to control this mapping and to select appropriate judgment determiners.

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