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A cognitive model for the representation of time in a man-machine dialogue.

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Abstract

This paper develops the foundations of a model for time representation in the framework of a man-machine dialogue system. While we analyse other approaches, especially Allen's interval calculus, we show how the relations that we commonly manipulate in everyday reasoning can in fact be reduced to two fondamental ones : succession and inclusion. By the way, we insist on the fact that a temporal model intended to reproduce some features of the human cognitive abilities shall include in a common representation linguistic information and conceptual objects. We then present the main characteristics of our temporal model, introducing the concept of coherence zone, and how this one can be used to represent tense information in natural language. Finally, we briefly show the mechanisms that ensure temporal consistency when combining new temporal information to an existing structure, and present the main elements that allow learning and predicting mechanisms within this model.
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hal-00721871 , version 1 (30-07-2012)

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Laurent Romary, Jean-Marie Pierrel. A cognitive model for the representation of time in a man-machine dialogue.. 1989. ⟨hal-00721871⟩
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