Rational speech acts

Materials from class on Thursday, November 5, 2020


Lecture recording on CMU box.


Frank, M. C., & Goodman, N. D. (2014). Inferring word meanings by assuming that speakers are informative. Cognitive Psychology, 75, 80—96.

Goodman, N. D., & Frank, M. C. (2016). Pragmatic language interpretation as probabilistic inference. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 818—829.

Kao, J. T., Wu, J. Y., Bergen, L., & Goodman, N. D. (2014). Nonliteral understanding of number words. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 12002—12007.

Yoon, E. J., Tessler, M. H., Goodman, N. D., & Frank, M. C. (in press). Polite speech emerges from competing social goals. Open Mind.

Yurovsky, D., Case, S., & Frank, M. C. (2017). Preschoolers flexibly adapt to linguistic input in a noisy channel. Psychological Science, 28, 132—140.

Clearest and most confusing things

Go to this form and answer these three questions:

  1. What was the most confusing thing from class today? What are you still wondering about?
  2. What was the clearest thing from class today?
  3. What was the most exciting thing you learned?

I’ll compile the questions and send out answers after class.