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This manual describes a system for annotating dialogs. It marks important characteristics of utterances that indicate their role in the dialog and their relationship to each other. This annotation scheme has been defined in order to provide a top-level structure for annotating a range of dialogs for many different purposes. For any particular project, we would expect that the annotation scheme would be refined to provide further detail on phenomena of interest. By agreeing to this standard, however, we would increase the chances that annotations done in one project for one purpose would be reusable later in other projects and for other purposes.

Mark Core
Mon Sep 22 20:05:25 EDT 1997