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Bias in Semantic and Discourse Interpretation

Abstract : In this paper, we show how game-theoretic work on conversation combined with a theory of discourse structure provides a framework for studying interpretive bias and how bias affects the production and interpretation of linguistic content. We model the influence of author bias on the discourse content and structure of the author's linguistic production and the influence of interpreter bias on the interpretation of ambiguous or underspecified elements of that content and structure. Interpretive bias is an essential feature of learning and understanding but also something that can be exploited to pervert or subvert the truth. We develop three types of games to understand and to analyze a range of interpretive biases, the factors that contribute to them, and their strategic effects.
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Nicholas Asher, Julie Hunter, Soumya Paul. Bias in Semantic and Discourse Interpretation. Linguistics and Philosophy, Springer Verlag, In press, pp.1-37. ⟨10.1007/s10988-021-09334-x⟩. ⟨hal-03454276⟩



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