Pragmatic Rationalizability

  • Gerhard Jäger
  • Christian Ebert


We present a formal game-theoretic model towards the explanation of implicatures based on the computation of iterated best responses: literal meaning of signals constitutes their default interpretation, and rational communicators decide about their communicative strategies by iteratively calculating the best response to this default strategy. We demonstrate by means of several examples how the resulting pragmatically rationalizable strategies account for different types of implicatures. 
How to Cite
Jäger, G., & Ebert, C. (2019). Pragmatic Rationalizability. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 13(1), 1-16.