Probabilistic Semantics and Pragmatics: Uncertainty in Language and Thought

@inproceedings{Goodman2015ProbabilisticSA,
  title={Probabilistic Semantics and Pragmatics: Uncertainty in Language and Thought},
  author={Noah D. Goodman and Daniel Lassiter},
  year={2015}
}
Language is used to communicate ideas. Ideas are mental tools for coping with a complex and uncertain world. Thus human conceptual structures should be key to language meaning, and probability—the mathematics of uncertainty— should be indispensable for describing both language and thought. Indeed, probabilistic models are enormously useful in modeling human cognition (Tenenbaum et al., 2011) and aspects of natural language (Bod et al., 2003; Chater et al., 2006). With a few early exceptions (e… Expand
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