Politeness theory

Experimental pragmatics, uncertainty, and reasoning

This research programme focuses on the pragmatic processes involved in communicating uncertainties, quantities and in logical reasoning.

Tactful or doubtful?: Expectations of politeness explain the severity bias in the interpretation of probability phrases

When a statement about the occurrence of a medical condition is qualified by an expression of probability, such as the word possible, listeners interpret the probability of the condition as being higher the more severe the condition. This severity …