Relevance of Communicative acts

  title={Relevance of Communicative acts},
  author={Robert van Rooy},
Why do we speak? Because we want to influence each other’s behavior. The relevance of a speech act can measure its usefulness. In this paper I argue that (i) the relevance of a speech act depends on the ‘language game’ one is involved in; (ii) notions of relevance can be defined using decision, information and game theory, and can be used for linguistic applications; and (iii) the strategic considerations of participants in a conversation deserve our attention, especially when we consider mixed… CONTINUE READING

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