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Meaningful Games: Exploring Language with Game Theory

Robin Clark


This book explains the usefulness of game theory in thinking about a wide range of issues in linguistics. It argues that we use grammar strategically to signal our intended meanings: our choices as speaker are conditioned by what choices the hearer will make interpreting what we say. Game theory—according to which the outcome of a decision depends on the choices of others—provides a formal system that allows us to develop theories about the kind of decision making that is crucial to understanding linguistic behavior. The book argues the only way to understand meaning is to grapple with its soc ... More

Keywords: game theory, linguistics, grammar, partial information, linguistic meaning, pronouns, politeness, coordination games, cooperation, common knowledge

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016179
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016179.001.0001


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Robin Clark, author

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