© 2011

Language, Games, and Evolution

Trends in Current Research on Language and Game Theory

  • Anton Benz
  • Christian Ebert
  • Gerhard Jäger
  • Robert van Rooij

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6207)

Also part of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence book sub series (LNAI, volume 6207)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Language, Games, and Evolution

    1. Anton Benz, Christian Ebert, Gerhard Jäger, Robert van Rooij
      Pages 1-13
  3. Part I: Non-evolutionary Approaches: Synchronic Phenomena

    1. Kris De Jaegher, Robert van Rooij
      Pages 40-59
    2. Michael Franke, Tikitu de Jager
      Pages 60-91
    3. James German, Eyal Sagi, Stefan Kaufmann, Brady Clark
      Pages 92-116
  4. Part II: Evolutionary Approaches: Diachronic Phenomena

    1. Thomas C. Scott-Phillips
      Pages 117-133
    2. Patrick Grim
      Pages 134-159
    3. Simon M. Huttegger, Kevin J. S. Zollman
      Pages 160-176
  5. Back Matter

About this book


Recent years witnessed an increased interest in formal pragmatics and especially the establishment of game theory as a new research methodology for the study of language use. Game and Decision Theory (GDT) are natural candidates if we look for a theoretical foundation of linguistic pragmatics. Over the last decade, a firm research community has emerged with a strong interdisciplinary character, where economists, philosophers, and social scientists meet with linguists. Within this field of research, three major currents can be distinguished: one is closely related to the Gricean paradigm and aims at a precise foundation of pragmatic reasoning, the second originates in the economic literature and is concerned with the role of game theory in the context of language use, and the third aims at language evolution seen either from a biological or from a cultural perspective. Edited in collaboration with FoLLI, the Association of Logic, Language and Information, this volume is based on a selection of papers of two international conferences, one organised at ESSLLI in 2007 on language, games, and evolution, and the other organised at the ZAS in Berlin on games and decisions in pragmatics in 2008. This volume is rounded off by additional invited papers and now contains eight articles of leading researchers in the field which together provide a state-of-the-art survey of current research on language evolution and game theoretic approaches to pragmatics.


Gricean paradigm awareness dynamics biological perspective cultural perspective decisions in pragmatics game theory information processing language evolution language use learning models optimal answer models pragmatic reasoning signaling games simple answers

Editors and affiliations

  • Anton Benz
    • 1
  • Christian Ebert
    • 2
  • Gerhard Jäger
    • 2
  • Robert van Rooij
    • 3
  1. 1.Zentrum für Allgemeine SprachwissenschaftBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of TuebingenTuebingenGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC)University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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