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  1. Optimal Assertions, and What They Implicate. A Uniform Game Theoretic Approach.Anton Benz & Robert van Rooij - 2007 - Topoi 26 (1):63-78.
    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, (...)
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    Errors in Pragmatics.Anton Benz - 2012 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 21 (1):97-116.
    In this paper we are going to show that error coping strategies play an essential role in linguistic pragmatics. We study the effect of noisy speaker strategies within a framework of signalling games with feedback loop. We distinguish between cases in which errors occur in message selection and cases in which they occur in signal selection. The first type of errors affects the content of an utterance, and the second type its linguistic expression. The general communication model is inspired by (...)
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    Scalar Diversity, Negative Strengthening, and Adjectival Semantics.Nicole Gotzner, Stephanie Solt & Anton Benz - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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    Embedded implicature: what can be left unsaid?Anton Benz & Nicole Gotzner - 2021 - Linguistics and Philosophy 44 (5):1099-1130.
    Previous research on scalar implicature has primarily relied on meta-linguistic judgment tasks and found varying rates of such inferences depending on the nature of the task and contextual manipulations. This paper introduces a novel interactive paradigm involving both a production and a comprehension side and a precise conversational goal. The main research question is what is reliably communicated by some in this communicative setting, both when the quantifier occurs in unembedded and embedded positions. Our new paradigm involves an action-based task (...)
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    Optimal Assertions, and What They Implicate. A Uniform Game Theoretic Approach.Anton Benz & Robert Rooij - 2007 - Topoi 26 (1):63-78.
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  6. Partial Blocking and Associative Learning.Anton Benz - 2006 - Linguistics and Philosophy 29 (5):587 - 615.
    We are going to explain partial blocking as the result of diachronic processes based on what we will call associative learning. Especially, we argue that the task posed by partial blocking phenomena is to explain their emergence from unambiguous and fully expressive languages. This contrasts with approaches that presuppose underspecified semantic meanings or ineffability like Bidirectional Optimality Theory (Bi–OT) and some game theoretic explanations. We introduce a formal framework based on learning, speaker’s preferences and pure semantics for describing diachronic strengthening (...)
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  7. Language, Games, and Evolution.Anton Benz, Christian Ebert & Robert van Rooij (eds.) - 2011 - Springer-Verlag.
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    On a Super Large Fixed-Point of Common Information in Multi-Agent Signalling Games.Anton Benz - 2012 - Logic Journal of the IGPL 20 (1):94-120.
    In this article, we compare two fixed-point constructions of common knowledge in sequential coordination problems. The first one corresponds to the standard maximal fixed-point construction of common knowledge in a possible worlds framework; the second construction provides an even larger fixed-point and involves iterated epistemic updates. We call the first fixed-point the maximal fixed-point, and the second the update fixed-point. Both fixed-points define a set of sequential actions that solve the coordination problem such that success is mutually guaranteed. The main (...)
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