I am a postdoctoral researcher in computational pragmatics at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) in Berlin. My research ties together game theory, decision theory, formal pragmatics and computational modeling to shed light on a number of phenomena related to meaning in language use. This includes game-theoretic modeling of information structure and dialogue, the development of pragmatically competent dialogue systems, and computational models of early word learning. I am also interested in the interaction between pragmatics and grammar, and where to draw the line between properties of the language faculty and properties of a more general pragmatic competence. Broadly, my goal is to create computationally simple models of language use that give us insights into why people say what they say and don't say what they don't say.

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  • ZAS Berlin
  • Schützenstr 18
  • 10117 Berlin Germany

  • +49 (030) 20912-422

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