Context Probabilism

  • Seth Yalcin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7218)


We investigate a basic probabilistic dynamic semantics for a fragment containing conditionals, probability operators, modals, and attitude verbs, with the aim of shedding light on the prospects for adding probabilistic structure to models of the conversational common ground.


dynamic semantics common ground conditionals epistemic modals attitudes probability operators probability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth Yalcin
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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