Probabilistic modeling of rational communication with conditionals *

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dc.contributor.authorGrusdt, Britta
dc.contributor.authorLassiter, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorFranke, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2023-02-17T11:35:15Z-
dc.date.available2023-02-17T11:35:15Z-
dc.date.issued2022
dc.identifier.issn1937-8912
dc.identifier.urihttp://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/65495-
dc.description.abstractWhile a large body of work has scrutinized the meaning of conditional sentences, considerably less attention has been paid to formal models of their pragmatic use and interpretation. Here, we take a probabilistic approach to pragmatic reasoning about indicative conditionals which flexibly integrates gradient beliefs about richly structured world states. We model listeners' update of their prior beliefs about the causal structure of the world and the joint probabilities of the consequent and antecedent based on assumptions about the speaker's utterance production protocol. We show that, when supplied with natural contextual assumptions, our model uniformly explains a number of inferences attested in the literature, including epistemic inferences, conditional perfection and the dependency between antecedent and consequent of a conditional. We argue that this approach also helps explain three puzzles introduced by Douven (2012) about updating with conditionals: depending on the utterance context, the listener's belief in the antecedent may increase, decrease or remain unchanged.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherLINGUISTIC SOC AMER
dc.relation.ispartofSEMANTICS & PRAGMATICS
dc.subjectACCOUNT
dc.subjectcausal Bayes nets
dc.subjectCAUSALITY
dc.subjectcomputational pragmatics
dc.subjectCOVARIATION
dc.subjectindicative conditionals
dc.subjectinferentialism
dc.subjectLanguage & Linguistics
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subjectPRAGMATICS
dc.subjectRational-Speech-Act model
dc.subjectRELEVANCE
dc.subjectSEMANTICS
dc.titleProbabilistic modeling of rational communication with conditionals *
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.3765/sp.15.13
dc.identifier.isiISI:000871071700002
dc.description.volume15
dc.publisher.place1325 18TH ST NW, SUITE 211, WASHINGTON, DC 20036-6501 USA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationSemant. Pragmat.
dcterms.oaStatusGreen Submitted, gold
local.import.remainsaffiliations : University Osnabruck; University of Edinburgh; Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen
local.import.remainsweb-of-science-index : Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Kognitionswissenschaft-
crisitem.author.deptidinstitute28-
crisitem.author.parentorgFB 08 - Humanwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.grandparentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidFrMi883-
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