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Comprehension as performance. Pragmatic models from «fast and frugal» euristics to biocognitive constraints

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Keywords: Comprehension; «Fast And Frugal» Euristics; Pragmatic Models; Relevance Theory; Christiansen; Ferreira; Gigerenzer.

The meaning of an utterance is a logical issue which has to be considered as such regardless of the biocognitive constraints operating in our bodies. This (traditional) thesis assumes a definite notion of rationality that doen't seem to withstand what we know about the limits of our rationality (Kahneman, Tversky 1979) and what emerges from the empirical evidences of cognitive sciences. These evidences provide a more plausible image of linguistic comprehension, beyond there use in the context of Relevance Theory and in the psycholinguistic perspectives of the Good Enough Approach. Starting from this framework an approach to linguistic comprehension is outlined where the performative aspect of understanding and the constraints by which it is bound (Christiansen, Chater 2016) are fundamental elements.

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