Representing Questions


This is a quick copy of an email note sent to the "Corpora" mailing list, by Florence Duclaye, about (linguistic) representations of questions. A mirror of the mailing list is maintained by The Linguist List.

Dear list members,

Some weeks ago, I sent you an e-mail to ask for any information on the

complexity of question making.  

- Firstly, I would like to thank the following people for their precious

help :

Laurie Gerber

Matthew Purver

Thierry Poibeau

Jeroen Groenendijk

- Secondly, here is a list of the various information and addresses I

obtained :

Generally speaking, one can first evaluate the complexity of questions

according to the type of mental process they entail (see Bloom's taxonomy). 

Their complexity also depends on the features of the question (any kind of

ambiguity, degree of objectivity/subjectivity, implicit/explicit data, ...)

and the features of the answer (nb of elements required, type of analysis

required, ...) (see Martin Stokhof's homepage). 

Then, questions can be classified according to their focus and the type of

answer (see TREC-8, L. Gerber's pages)

->> Bloom's taxonomy of questions : classifies questions according to the

type of mental process they entail,

->> Martin Stokhof's home page : papers on questions, and interrogatives and

adverbvs of quantification

->> ILLC prepublication series, which can be reached via Martin Stockhof's

homepage : paper on the logic of interrogation

->> TREC-8 track :

->> Classification by the type of answer sought :


->> Leila Kosseim (U. de montrŽal) homepage : worked on automatic e-mail