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Language as a Tool: Acceptance-Based Pragmatics

Conference contribution
Authors Sylvie Saget
Published in Workshop on Next Generation Human-Agent Interaction (NGHAI), 6th annual International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI 2018), Southampton, UK, 15-18th December 2018
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Keywords Dialog Model, Speech Act, Belief and Acceptance
Subject categories Linguistics, Theoretical philosophy, Logic, Languages and Literature, Computer and Information Science, Applied Psychology, Cognitive science, Information Systems, Social aspects, Robotics, Computer Systems


In this research, the communicative level of dialog or interaction is seen as the co-construction of a linguistic tool by dialog part- ners. The background mental attitude enabling such a practical reasoning is acceptance [3, 4]. The distinction between belief and acceptance is here based on their functional role: truth-oriented versus goal-oriented [8] - that is – by extension – encapsulating facts (declarative knowledge) versus tools (procedural knowledge). In order to precisely define this new mental attitude which is accep- tance, its relationship with belief and communicative action, this research aims at developing a rational model of dialog [13] as well as specifying a cognitive architecture. This approach contributes to the explanation of human behavior by refashioning the notion of cooperative speaker. This enables to mix reasoning-based approaches and reuse-based approach of collaborative view of dialog. Additionally, the notion of Acceptance and more especially its social counterpart - Collective Acceptance respects the properties of co-constructed linguistic tools. Enabling a system to both rely different perspectives (its own point of view, their addresses one or common/shared beliefs) or on existing linguistic tools built during the preceding interactions enhances system’s flexibility and rationality [5, 14].

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