How do speakers choose uncertainty phrases to express guilt probabilities?

Juanchich, Marie and Villejoubert, Gaelle (2009) How do speakers choose uncertainty phrases to express guilt probabilities? In: Taatgen, N. , van Rijn, H. , Schomaker , L. and Nerbonne , J. , (eds.) Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin,U.S.A. : Cognitive Science Society. pp. 2717-2722. ISBN 9780976831853

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Abstract

Many studies have documented what listeners understand when uncertainty is communicated to them verbally. Yet we still know little about the factors that will influence speakers� choice of a probability phrase over another when they wish to communicate uncertain facts. Using a legal setting, we showed that the quantitative meaning and the directionality of the verbal probability chosen were affected by both the uncertain outcome�s numerical probability and its perceived propensity of guilt. The discussion of these results will focus on implications for the understanding of speakers� choices of verbal probability phrases and for risk-framing in legal contexts.

Item Type: Book Section
Event Title: CogSci 2009
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Faculty of Business and Law > Kingston Business School (Leadership, HRM and Organisation) (until July 2013)
Depositing User: Gaelle Vallee-Tourangeau
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2009 09:23
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:48
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/6310

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