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Our success depends greatly on our linguistic abilities, and these abilities go beyond our knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. An efficient speaker knows how to use language for different purposes, how to change language according to the needs and mental states of a listener, and how to follow conversational rules. This set of skills is known as pragmatic reasoning.
We explore how pragmatic reasoning unfolds in human mind and brain, what mechanisms contribute to individual differences in this ability, and how linguistic, Theory of Mind, and executive functioning abilities contribute to pragmatic reasoning.