Availability and timing of informativity inferences

Alice Rees, Hannah Rohde

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Abstract / Description of output

Conversational partners expect each other to communicate rationally and cooperatively and to contribute relevant and informative utterances. Occasionally, however, speakers produce trivial utterances which may violate our expectations of informativity. These utterances can prompt listeners to draw inferences about a speaker’s goals in producing such an utterance. Here we present two studies investigating how and when listeners derive informativity-based inferences. The results demonstrate that speaker knowledge plays an important role in the computation of inferences. Furthermore, the timecourse of the results suggests that these inferences do not always arise automatically and that their computation is costly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsMicah Goldwater, Florencia Anggoro, Brett Hayes, Desmond Ong
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2023
Event45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society: Cognition in Context - ICC Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 26 Jul 202329 Jul 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Cognitive Science Society
PublisherThe Cognitive Science Society
ISSN (Electronic)1069-7977


Conference45th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
Abbreviated titleCogSci 2023
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • pragmatics
  • speaker knowledge
  • inferences


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