PP-2001-15: Bi-Directional Optimality Theory: An Application of Game Theory

PP-2001-15: Dekker, Paul and van Rooy, Robert (2001) Bi-Directional Optimality Theory: An Application of Game Theory. [Report]

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Optimality Theory catches on in linguistics, first in phonology, then in syntax, and recently also at the semantics / pragmatics interface. In this paper we point at some parallels between some principles employed in optimality theoretic interpretation, and some notions from the well studied field of Game Theory. Optimality theoretic interpretation can be defined as what we call an "interpretation game", and optimality itself can be viewed as a solution concept for a game. More in particular, optimality can be characterized in terms of the game-theoretical notion of a `Nash Equilibrium'.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-2001-15
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 2001
Uncontrolled Keywords: semantics pragmatics interface, game theory, optimality theory
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/57

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