Original Article

Mind & Society

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 71-77

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

  • Alejandro López-RousseauAffiliated with Email author 
  • , Timothy KetelaarAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, New Mexico State University

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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.


Conditionals Pragmatics Satisficing algorithms