Polite Speech Emerges From Competing Social Goals
Open mind : discoveries in cognitive science, pp. 71-87, 2020.
Language is a remarkably efficient tool for transmitting information. Yet human speakers make statements that are inefficient, imprecise, or even contrary to their own beliefs, all in the service of being polite. What rational machinery underlies polite language use? Here, we show that polite speech emerges from the competition of three c...More
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