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Incurvati, Luca and Sbardolini, Giorgio ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0453-2445 (2023): The rejection game. In: Mind & Language [PDF, 1MB]


We introduce the rejection game, designed to formalize the interaction between interlocutors in a Stalnakerian conversation: a speaker who asserts something and a listener who may accept or reject. The rejection game is similar to other signalling games known to the literature in economics and biology. We point out similarities and differences, and propose an application in linguistics. We uncover basic conditions under which the Gricean maxim of quality emerges from incentives among the players, providing evidence for a functionalist understanding of the Gricean program.

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