%0 Conference Proceedings
%T Conditional answers and the role of probabilistic epistemic representations
%A Tellings, Jos
%Y Howes, Christine
%Y Chatzikyriakidis, Stergios
%Y Ek, Adam
%Y Somashekarappa, Vidya
%S Proceedings of the Probability and Meaning Conference (PaM 2020)
%D 2020
%8 June
%I Association for Computational Linguistics
%C Gothenburg
%F tellings-2020-conditional
%X Conditional utterances can be used in discourse as answers to regular, non-conditional questions in situations of partial knowledge of the answerer. We claim that the probabilities assigned to possible epistemic states of A are a measure of the utility of conditional answers. A second criterion that makes a conditional answer ‘if p, then q’ relevant has to do with the dependency between p and q that is conveyed in the statement. A conditional answer counts as relevant when this dependency leads the question asker to shift from a decision problem about q to an alternative, easier, decision problem about p.
%U https://aclanthology.org/2020.pam-1.4
%P 26-33