- "Accommodation, meaning, and implicature: interdisciplinary
foundations for pragmatics." Published in Intentions in communication,
P. Cohen, J. Morgan, and M. Pollack, eds., MIT Press, 1990. An
attempt to sort out the basic concepts and mechanisms of language use.
"Empirical Methods in Discourse: Limits and Prospects".
(Co-author, Pamela Jordan.)
This is a position paper describing (and, to some extent,
analyzing) difficulties in using empirical methods to test
theories about discourse, and proposing a simulation-based
"Context in Abductive Interpretation".
2002. (Co-author, Matthew Stone.)
This paper describes how abductive weights can be
incorporated into accounts of discourse context and
develops and illustrates a way of implementing rules
of context dynamics for such contexts.
"Coordinating Understanding and Generation in an Inductive
Approach to Interpretation".
2003. (Co-author, Matthew Stone.)
This paper describes how a single abductive architecture
can manage interpretation and generation, and enable an
account of how the processes can be coordinated. The
ideas are illustrated with an example having to do with
- "Enlightened Update: A Computational Architecture for Presupposition and Other Pragmatic Phenomena."
2006. (Co-authors, Matthew Stone and David DeVault.)
This paper provides an implementable theory of
presupposition based on the idea that the production
of presuppositions is intentional, that their
recognition is a form of intention recogntion,
and that intentions are structured objects
- "Language Dynamics and Language Instantiation."
Uses ideas from dynamic logic to characterize
the relation between a language and language users
in a general way that includes engineered languages
and the genetic code.
- "Pragmatic Validity."
Discusses validity due to special features of contextual
statics and dynamics. Introduces examples of "illocutionary
validity" and the relevance of this type of validity to Geach's
arguments against emotivism. This version is a preliminary draft.