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Incrementality and efficiency shape pragmatics across languages
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
To correctly interpret a message, people must attend to the context in which it was produced. Here we investigate how this process, known as pragmatic reasoning, is guided by two universal forces in human communication: incrementality and efficiency, with speakers of all languages interpreting language incrementally and making the most efficient use of the incoming information. Crucially, however, the interplay between these two forces results in speakers of different languages having differentdoi:10.1073/pnas.1922067117 pmid:32482876 fatcat:acktfctnnvhdvjuck6foi6y2de