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Using an analytic psychological method to aid dialogue understanding Moore, Wendy Elizebeth


This thesis describes a way in which psychological knowledge of a dialogue can be used to aid in the understanding of a conversation. Based on some of the parsing ideas of Colby's PARRY system and employing a case system for verbs, the program also uses the psychological analysis method called Transactional Analysis. Transactional Analysts argue that the structure of language forms used in conversations is strongly related to underlying psychological motivations and character traits. In fact, sometimes the exact words used can indicate a particular psychological trait which can, in turn, be used to characterize further utterances in a dialogue.

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