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Strategic Conversation

The dialogue theory discussed in this paper deals with discourse generation and interpretation and their link to principles of rational decision-making and other related actions. Paul Grice’s theories, used as a jumping-off point in the following work, supply  a basepoint regarding these links because he touts that conversational actions should adhere to strong cooperational principles.  Ideally, the authors use these links to infer “(i) when inferences about conversation are safe, and (ii) that Gricean cooperativity is equivalent to an alignment of the agents’ preferences…” However, despite using Gricean analysis as a basis for strategic conversation analysis, there are some issues with it.  Cooperative conversation requires people to believe what the other is saying and to help them, through the things […]