Topoi 26 (1):63-78 (2007)

Robert Van Rooij
University of Amsterdam
  To determine what the speaker in a cooperative dialog meant with his assertion, on top of what he explicitly said, it is crucial that we assume that the assertion he gave was optimal. In determining optimal assertions we assume that dialogs are embedded in decision problems (van Rooij 2003) and use backwards induction for calculating them (Benz 2006). In this paper, we show that in terms of our framework we can account for several types of implicatures in a uniform way, suggesting that there is no need for an independent linguistic theory of generalized implicatures. In the final section, we show how we can embed our theory in the framework of signaling games, and how it relates with other game theoretic analyses of implicatures
Keywords Conversational implicature  Game theory  Grice  Pragmatics  Signaling games
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-006-9007-3
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