Meaning negotiation

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While “meaning negotiation” has become an ubiquitous term, its use is often confusing. A negotiation problem implies not only a convenience to agree, but also diverging interest on what to agree upon. It implies agreement but also the possibility of (voluntary) disagreement. In this chapter, we look at meaning negotiation as the process through which agents starting from different preferred conceptual representations of an object, an event or a more complex entity, converge to an agreement through some communication medium. We shortly sketch the outline of a geometric view of meaning negotiation, based on conceptual spaces. We show that such view can inherit important structural elements from game theoretic models of bargaining – in particular, in the case when the protagonists have overlapping negotiation regions, we emphasize a parallel to the Nash solution in cooperative game theory. When acceptable solution regions of the protagonists are disjoint, we present several types of processes: changes in the salience of dimensions, dimensional projections and metaphorical space transformations. None of the latter processes are motivated by normative or rationality considerations, but presented as argumentation tools that we believe are used in actual situations of conceptual disagreement.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • University of Venice

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Filosofi
  • Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik
Titel på värdpublikationApplications Of Conceptual Spaces
Undertitel på gästpublikationThe Case For Geometric Knowledge Representation
RedaktörerFrank Zenker, Peter Gärdenfors
ISBN (elektroniskt)9783319150215
ISBN (tryckt)9783319150208
StatusPublished - 2015 jan 1
Peer review utfördJa