, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 71-77
Date: 11 May 2006

Juliet: If they do see thee, they will murder thee. A satisficing algorithm for pragmatic conditionals

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Abstract

In a recent Mind & Society article, Evans (2005) argues for the social and communicative function of conditional statements. In a related article, we argue for satisficing algorithms for mapping conditional statements onto social domains (Eur J Cogn Psychol 16:807–823,2004). The purpose of the present commentary is to integrate these two arguments by proposing a revised pragmatic cues algorithm for pragmatic conditionals.

Juliet: If they do see thee, they will murder thee—Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet II ii 76 (Luhrmann 2002)