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The utility of vagueness: does it lie elsewhere?

Green, M. and van Deemter, K., 2013. The utility of vagueness: does it lie elsewhere? In: PRE-CogSci 2011. Production of Referring Expressions: Bridging the gap between computational, empirical and theoretical approaches to reference, 20 July 2011, Boston, MA.

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Much of everyday language is vague, yet standard game-theoretic models do not find any utility of vagueness in cooperative situations. We report a novel experiment, the fourth in a series that aims to discern the utility of vagueness from the utility of other factors that come together with vagueness. We argue that the results support a view of vagueness where the benefits that vague terms exert are due to other influences that vagueness brings with it rather than to influences of vagueness itself.

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