Errors in Pragmatics
First Online: 06 November 2011 DOI:
Cite this article as: Benz, A. J of Log Lang and Inf (2012) 21: 97. doi:10.1007/s10849-011-9149-6 Abstract
In this paper we are going to show that error coping strategies play an essential role in linguistic pragmatics. We study the effect of
noisy speaker strategies within a framework of signalling games with feedback loop. We distinguish between cases in which errors occur in message selection and cases in which they occur in signal selection. The first type of errors affects the content of an utterance, and the second type its linguistic expression. The general communication model is inspired by the Shannon–Weaver communication model. We test the model by a number of benchmark examples, including examples of relevance implicatures, quantity implicatures, and presupposition accommodation. Keywords Gricean pragmatics Game theoretic pragmatics Error models Implicatures Presupposition accommodation
This work was supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) (Grant Nr. 01UG0711). It greatly profited from discussions in the conference series on
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