Toward a Computational Psycholinguistics of Reference Production
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 166–183, April 2012
How to Cite
van Deemter, K., Gatt, A., van Gompel, R. P.G. and Krahmer, E. (2012), Toward a Computational Psycholinguistics of Reference Production. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 166–183. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01187.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Received 2 April 2010; received in revised form 20 January 2011; accepted 20 February 2011
- Referring expressions;
- Computational models;
- Psycholinguistic experiments;
- Non–determinism in language production;
This article introduces the topic ‘‘Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the Gap between Computational and Empirical Approaches to Reference’’ of the journal Topics in Cognitive Science. We argue that computational and psycholinguistic approaches to reference production can benefit from closer interaction, and that this is likely to result in the construction of algorithms that differ markedly from the ones currently known in the computational literature. We focus particularly on determinism, the feature of existing algorithms that is perhaps most clearly at odds with psycholinguistic results, discussing how future algorithms might include non-determinism, and how new psycholinguistic experiments could inform the development of such algorithms.