Suzanne Stevenson · [LingClip] Knowledge Mismatch in Communicative Interaction: Probabilistic Weighing of Perspectives
Note: this is a joint LING/CLIP colloquium
Knowledge mismatch is inherent to communicative interaction, since conversational partners naturally differ in their knowledge and beliefs. Effective conversational moves, such as asking a question or referring to an entity, crucially depend then on each participant acting appropriately with respect to which knowledge is privileged (unique to that participant) and which is shared among the participants. For example, much work in linguistics suggests that a definite referring ...