Language Barriers

Andreas Blume, Oliver Board

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Different people use language in different ways. We capture this by making language competence-the set of messages an agent can use and understand-private information. Our primary focus is on common-interest games. Communication generally remains possible; it may be severely impaired even with common knowledge that language competence is adequate; and, indeterminacy of meaning, the confounding of payoff-relevant information with information about language competence, is optimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-812
Number of pages32
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Communication games
  • Indeterminate meaning
  • Language differences
  • Organizational codes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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