Applications of Game Theory in the Study of Language

Jun 15, 2023, 09:00 to Jun 16, 2023, 18:00

University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, 12 Place du Panthéon, Paris, France


The CEPS co-organizes a multidisciplinary workshop about applications of game theory in the study of language, on 15 & 16 June 2023, in collaboration with the University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.

Call for contributions

Signaling games have been extensively studied by game theorists — be it in the form of costly signaling, cheap talk, Bayesian persuasion, etc. In exploring these models, game theorists and economists frequently touch on questions traditionally treated in linguistics, and they have, from time to time, also ventured into linguistic interpretations of these models. In linguistics, more recently, researchers have turned to game theory and modeling frameworks bearing similarities to methods used in game theory (such as the Rational Speech Act model) to study questions in semantics and pragmatics. The aim of this workshop is to enhance the exchange between these two research communities.

Notably encouraged are :

  • Linguistic assessments or applications of costly signaling, cheap talk, Bayesian persuasion, or other models that have been studied in game theory;
  • Game-theoretic treatments of problems that have been explicitly formulated in the context of established research programs in linguistics (such as, scalar implicatures, vagueness, slurs, etc.);
  • Conceptual reflections on the interaction of game theory and the study of language;
  • Concept and category formation;
  • Game-theoretic assessments of the Rational Speech Act model; 
  • Formal models of dialogues and linguistic interpretations of Bayesian dialogues.

How to apply :

If you would like to give a talk at this event, please send an extended abstract of your presentation to mail contact, not later than January 16, 2023.

More informations

University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas Salle des Conseils
12 Place du Panthéon, Paris, France
Web site of the event 

Local Organizing Committee

Olivier Bos, ENS Paris-Saclay 
Paul Egré, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod 
Michael Greinecker, ENS Paris-Saclay   
Christina Pawlowitsch, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas    
Benjamin Spector, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod   

Scientific Committee

Andreas Blume, University of Arizona 
Paul Egré, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod 
Christina Pawlowitsch, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas 
Benjamin Spector, CNRS, Institut Jean Nicod