The utility of vagueness: does it lie elsewhere?

Seminar at Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh

Kees van Deemter, Matthew James Green

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Abstract

Much of everyday language is vague, yet standard game-theoretic models make it difficult to see how (borderline) vagueness can have benefits over crisp ones in co-operative situations. This talk will start by discussing the relevance of these issues for Natural Language Generation, and reporting on a range of attempts to pin down what the benefits of vagueness might be. Next, we report on a sequence of psycholinguistic experiments that were recently conducted in Aberdeen, which are starting to suggest a new, and less favourable view of vagueness: it appears that many of the benefits that vague terms can exert are caused by factors that tend to co-occur with vagueness, rather than by vagueness itself.
Original languageEnglish
TypeInvited seminar
Publication statusUnpublished - Mar 2014

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Cognition
Edinburgh
Language
Vagueness
Natural Language
Aberdeen
Language Generation
Experiment
Psycholinguistics

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The utility of vagueness: does it lie elsewhere? Seminar at Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, University of Edinburgh. / van Deemter, Kees; Green, Matthew James.

2014, Invited seminar.

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