Views from a cognitive scientist: cognitive representations underlying discourse are sometimes social

A. C. Graesser
2006 Discourse Studies  
A B S T R A C T Most areas of the cognitive and social sciences assume that knowledge representations are constructed and used during communication and that much of is content is social. Those of us who build computer models of comprehension and conversation are forced to be explicit about the nature of these knowledge representations and affiliated processes. There are some conditions when knowledge is not sufficiently social, and other conditions when knowledge is overly grounded in social
more » ... hanisms. The argument is advanced that constraints, coherence, and precision are very much at the heart of an explanation of the nature and amount of social knowledge. Asocial content reigns supreme when the referential world knowledge is highly constrained, coherently structured, and precisely specified. The social context of knowledge construction becomes progressively more influential to the extent to that world knowledge is vague, open-ended, imprecise, underspecified, and fragmentary. K E Y W O R D S : animated conversational agents, cognitive science, computational linguistics, speech acts, tutoring A RT I C L E 59 Discourse Studies
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