Pragmatic languages with universal grammars

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This paper shows the existence of an equilibrium pragmatic Language with a universal grammar as a coordination device under communication misunderstandings. Such a language plays a key role in achieving efficient outcomes in those Sender-Receiver games where there may exist noisy information transmission. The Language is pragmatic in the sense that the Receiver’ best response depends on the context, i.e, on the payoffs and on the initial probability distribution of the states of nature of the underlying game. The Language has a universal grammar because the coding rule does not depend on such specific parameters and can then be applied to any Sender-Receiver game with noisy communication.

DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2012.08.009

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@article{Hernndez2012PragmaticLW, title={Pragmatic languages with universal grammars}, author={Pen{\'e}lope Hern{\'a}ndez and Amparo Urbano and Jos{\'e} Enrique Vila}, journal={Games and Economic Behavior}, year={2012}, volume={76}, pages={738-752} }