Communicating Causal Structure

Christopher Hitchcock, California Institute of Technology

Graphical causal models provide powerful tools for representing causal structure. But causal claims that are made in ordinary conversation fall short of describing such rich models. In this talk I will explore some of the choices that must be made about which features of a causal structure to describe, some of the pragmatic factors that guide this choice, and some of the linguistic devices available for providing such partial descriptions.