[R] Language Tasks and Language Games: On Methodology in Current Natural Language Processing Research
Language Tasks and Language Games: On Methodology in Current Natural Language Processing Research
David Schlangen(Submitted on 28 Aug 2019)
“This paper introduces a new task and a new dataset”, “we improve the state of the art in X by Y” — it is rare to find a current natural language processing paper (or AI paper more generally) that does not contain such statements. What is mostly left implicit, however, is the assumption that this necessarily constitutes progress, and what it constitutes progress towards. Here, we make more precise the normally impressionistically used notions of language task and language game and ask how a research programme built on these might make progress towards the goal of modelling general language competence.