Marieke Maas: A comparison between children and adults performing on a reference game using the Coloring Book method
A comparison between children and adults performing on a reference game using the Coloring Book method
Within linguistics there are different fields on how to study language. In the last 20 years the field of pragmatics has become popular for investigation and experimentation. Pragmatics is the study of the meaning of language within context. It also studies the relationship between speaker and listener and how human language is used in social interactions. A common method to investigate pragmatic reasoning is by using a reference game. Within a reference game there are different levels of difficulty based on the number of reasoning steps necessary to reach the correct answer. During this study a more recent method was used, namely the Coloring Book method (Pinto and Zuckerman, 2019). I collected data using the coloring book method to see how children’s learn reasoning about references. As it turns out the youngest children (age 4-5) performed quite bad on the experiment, while the older children (age 6-8) almost performed at the adult level. Besides a descriptive analysis I will also perform a model analysis with mixed effect models and possibly Bayesian models. Data from this analysis could help us in understanding what would be a good way of communicating with different age groups and possibly how to implement this in machines.
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