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Two “many”-words in Slovenian
Arthur Stepanov, Penka Stateva, 2017, original scientific article

Abstract: Slovenian features at least two lexical items that are potential semantic counterparts of the English many, namely "veliko" and "precej", whose meaning appears close to identical. Yet speakers are certain that the two items are not equivalent, although they find intuitively felt differences hard to pinpoint. We argue that "precej" and "veliko" are lexically synonymous, but their meanings are pragmatically strengthened under relevant conditions, which leads to subtle interpretative differences. Specifically, we extend Krifka’s (2007) analysis of double negatives and propose that "veliko" is assigned the stereotypical interpretation of a quantity degree word, whereas "precej" is identified with the non-stereotypical one and consequently relates to moderately big amounts. To support this claim, we report the results of an experiment involving a sentence-picture verification task, which highlight the similarities and contextually determined differences in the use of both determiners. Our results suggest that the interpretation of "precej" is not consistent with relations in the upper part of the proportional scale and is dependent on whether or not it is in direct competition with "veliko" in the appropriate contexts.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...results of an experiment involving a sentence-picture verification task, which highlight the similarities and contextually determined differences...
Keywords: quantity determiner, Slovenian, pragmatic strengthening, stereotypical interpretation, sentence–picture verification task
Published: 25.09.2017; Views: 1508; Downloads: 0
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Children's early bilingualism and musical training influence prosodic discrimination of sentences in an unknown language
Artur Stepanov, Matic Pavlič, Penka Stateva, ANNE REBOUL, 2018, original scientific article

Abstract: This study investigated whether early bilingualism and early musical training positively influence the ability to discriminate between prosodic patterns corresponding to different syntactic structures in otherwise phonetically identical sentences in an unknown language. In a same-different discrimination task, participants (N = 108) divided into four groups (monolingual non-musicians, monolingual musicians, bilingual non-musicians, and bilingual musicians) listened to pairs of short sentences in a language unknown to them (French). In discriminating phonetically identical but prosodically different sentences, musicians, bilinguals, and bilingual musicians outperformed the controls. However, there was no interaction between bilingualism and musical training to suggest an additive effect. These results underscore the significant role of both types of experience in enhancing the listeners' sensitivity to prosodic information.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...an unknown language. In a same-different discrimination task, participants (N = 108) divided into four groups (monolingual...
Keywords: prosody, bilingualism, same-different task, French, musical training, acoustics, brain
Published: 10.01.2018; Views: 1282; Downloads: 0
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On the nature of the plurality inference
Penka Stateva, Sara Andreetta, Artur Stepanov, unpublished invited conference lecture

Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...Plural, implicature, presupposition, sentence-picture verification task, pragmatics...
Keywords: Plural, implicature, presupposition, sentence-picture verification task, pragmatics
Published: 07.02.2018; Views: 1059; Downloads: 0
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Do bilinguals and musicians have better ears?
Artur Stepanov, invited lecture at foreign university

Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...bilingualism, music, perception, discrimination task, syntax...
Keywords: bilingualism, music, perception, discrimination task, syntax
Published: 16.04.2018; Views: 1181; Downloads: 0
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Quantifiers and pragmatic enrichment
Penka Stateva, unpublished invited conference lecture

Abstract: One of the most studied scales in the literature on scalar implicatures is the quantifier scale. While the truth of 'some' is entailed by the truth of 'all', 'some' is felicitous only when 'all' is false. This opens the possibility that 'some' would be felicitous if, e.g., almost all of the objects in the restriction of the quantifier have the property ascribed by the nuclear scope. This prediction from the standard theory of quantifier interpretation clashes with native speakers’ intuitions. In Experiment 1 we report a questionnaire study on the perception of quantifier meanings in English, French, Slovenian and German which points to a cross-linguistic variation with respect to the perception of numerical bounds of the existential quantifier. In Experiment 2, using a picture choice task, we further examine whether the numerical bound differences correlate with differences in pragmatic interpretations of the quantifier 'some' in English and 'quelques' in French and interpret the results as supporting our hypothesis that 'some' and its cross-linguistic counterparts are subjected to different processes of pragmatic enrichment.
Found in: ključnih besedah
Summary of found: ...In Experiment 2, using a picture choice task, we further examine whether the numerical bound...
Keywords: quantifier, cross-linguistic variation, experimental pragmatics, picture choice task
Published: 15.05.2019; Views: 616; Downloads: 0
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On the Cost of Scalar Implicatures
GRETA MAZZAGGIO, ANNE REBOUL, CHIARA CARETTA, MÉLODY DARBLADE, Jean-Baptiste van der Henst, Anne Cheylus, Penka Stateva, 2019, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Found in: ključnih besedah
Keywords: scalar implicature, reaction time, eye-tracking, sentence evaluation task
Published: 02.09.2019; Views: 525; Downloads: 0
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