Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1-5

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The Interplay Between the Speaker’s and the Hearer’s Perspective

  • Petra HendriksAffiliated withUniversity of Groningen, Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) Email author 
  • , Helen de HoopAffiliated withRadboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies (CLS)
  • , Henriëtte de SwartAffiliated withUtrecht University, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS (UiL OTS)


The neutralization of contrasts in form or meaning that is sometimes observed in language production and comprehension is at odds with the classical view that language is a systematic one-to-one pairing of forms and meanings. This special issue is concerned with patterns of forms and meanings in language. The papers in this special issue arose from a series of workshops that were organized to explore variants of bidirectional Optimality Theory and Game Theory as models of the interplay between the speaker’s and the hearer’s perspective.


Communication Speaker–hearer interaction Bidirectional Optimality Theory Game Theory