Workshop on “Rationality, Probability, and Pragmatics”

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SSI, Coherence-based probability logic: Rationality under uncertainty (SPP 1516), SIGames, ProComPrag

Time and Venue:
May, 25-27th 2016, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) Berlin, Trajekte-Raum, 3rd floor, (→Map)
How to get to ZAS!

Wednesday, 25th

Time Event
13:45 – 14:00 WELCOME
14:00 – 15:00 Michael Franke (Tübingen)
Probabilistic pragmatics & rational analysis (slides)
15:00 – 15:45 Daniel Lassiter (Stanford)
Bayes nets and the dynamics of probabilistic language (abstract)
15:45 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15 – 17:15 Niki Pfeifer (München)
Probabilistic experimental pragmatics beyond Bayes’ theorem (slides)
17:15 – 18:00 Michele Herbstritt & Michael Franke (Tübingen)
Use and interpretation of probability expressions under high-order uncertainty (slides)
18:30 Dinner at Restaurant “Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt”

Thursday, 26th

Time Event
10:00 – 11:00 Guy Politzer (Paris)
Rational and pragmatic assessment of uncertain deduction (slides)
11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 12:30 Anton Benz & Nicole Gotzner (Berlin)
The best response: Speaker rationality in an interactive paradigm (slides)
12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 – 15:00 Ira Noveck (Lyon)
Reconciling probabilistic approaches and experimental pragmatics: The case of the conditional (slides)
15:00 – 15:45 Grégoire Winterstein (Hong Kong)
Probabilistic Discourse Markers – Abduction and Adversative Conjunction (slides)
15:45 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:16 – 17:15 Mike Oaksford (London)
Learning in Dynamic Conditional Inference (slides)
17:15 – 18:00 Chris Cummins (Edinburgh)
The pragmatics of cognitive biases: going beyond the bounds (slides)

Friday, 27th

Time Event
10:00 – 11:00 Ariel Cohen (Ben-Gurion University of The Negev)
A Linguistic Approach to the Conjunction Fallacy (slides)
11:00 – 11:45 Patricia Rich (Bristol)
Axiomatic and Ecological Rationality: Choosing Costs and Benefits (slides)
11:45 – 12:15 COFFEE BREAK
12:15 – 13:00 Maria Biezma and Arno Goebel (Konstanz)
Perfecting Biscuits (abstract)

This international workshop brings together linguists, philosophers, and psychologists to study interactions among rationality frameworks, uncertainty, pragmatic phenomena, and cognition. The aim is to critically discuss how recent psychological and philosophical theories of rational reasoning and experimental pragmatics can benefit from each other. Specifically, the goals of the workshop include (but are not limited):

1) to identify and discuss phenomena of common interest such as conditional sentences
2) to identify common theoretical issues such as coherence, prior likelihoods in iterated models, or probabilistic explanations of pragmatic phenomena
3) to debate the advantages/disadvantages of different formal approaches used for both reasoning and pragmatics.