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Evolutionary explanations of indicatives and imperatives
Author: Huttegger, Simon M.
Journal: Erkenntnis
Volume: 66
Year: 2007
Pages: 409—436

Recently there has been some interest in studying the explanation of meaning by using signaling games. I shall argue that the meaning of signals in signaling games remains sufficiently unclear to motivate further investigation. In particular, the possibility of distinguishing imperatives and indicatives at a fundamental level will be explored. Thereby I am trying to preserve the generality of the signaling games framework while bringing it closer to human languages. A number of convergence results for the evolutionary dynamics of our models will be proved.