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Explorations in Synthetic Pragmatics

  • Christian Balkenius
  • Simon Winter

Abstract

We explore a number of pragmatic principles of communication in a series of computer simulations. These principles characterize both the environment and the behavior of the interacting agents. We investigate how a common language can emerge, and when it will be useful to communicate rather than to try the task without communication. When we include the cost of communicating, it becomes favorable to communicate only when expectations are not met.

Keywords

Correct Choice Common Language Language Acquisition Word Meaning Simple Game 
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© Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Balkenius
    • 1
  • Simon Winter
    • 1
  1. 1.Lund University Cognitive ScienceLundSweden

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