Communicative luck reduction: machine-like or social (or both)?

Communicative luck reduction: machine-like or social (or both)?

As a rule, a linguistic success is a non-lucky success. In other words, grammaticality, communication, interpretation, mutual understanding, and the forms of social coordination thereby enabled, succeed by innate capacity, acquired skill, and social convention, as opposed to luck or chance. To be sure, we sometimes manage to luckily pick out the same referent as an interlocutor (e.g., Clark Kent and Superman), hope that we are using the right words in a second-language conversation, and express the right message […]

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