Roland Mühlenbernd, "Modeling (im)precision in context"

Roland Mühlenbernd, "Modeling (im)precision in context"

28. Nov 2023

Roland Mühlenbernd

Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

Modeling (im)precision in context

Gemeinsame Veranstaltung mit der Arbeitsgruppe Digital Philology des Instituts für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL)

Abstract: Speakers’ choice between linguistic alternatives often depends on the situation, a prime example involving level of precision at which numerical information is communicated. I will report on a production study in which participants report the time of an event in two different situations, and demonstrate that the results can be reproduced by a probabilistic game-theoretical model in which the speaker’s choice reflects a tradeoff between informativity, accuracy and hearer-oriented simplification. These findings shed light on the pragmatics of (im)precision, and the dynamics of situationally driven pragmatic variation more generally.

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