Heather Burnett


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Dogwhistles as Identity-based interpretative variation
Quentin Dénigot | Heather Burnett
Proceedings of the Probability and Meaning Conference (PaM 2020)

The following paper presents a formal model for the description of dogwhistles. Dogwhistles are a class of terms or expressions often used in political discourse that are used with the goal of being interpreted in different ways by different communities. The model presented here describes this phenomenon using a variation on the Social Meaning Games framework that uses probability distributions over possible interpretation functions as well as RSA/IBR reasoning.


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A Conceptual Spaces Model of Socially Motivated Language Change
Heather Burnett | Olivier Bonami
Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics (SCiL) 2019