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Title:Scalar and ad-hoc pragmatic inferences in children: guess which one is easier
Authors:Foppolo, Francesca (Author)
Mazzaggio, Greta (Author)
Panzeri, Francesca (Author)
Surian, Luca (Author)
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Language:English
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Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:Several studies investigated preschoolers’ ability to compute scalar and ad-hoc implicatures, but only one compared children’s performance with both kinds of implicature with the same task, a picture selection task. In Experiment 1 (N = 58, age: 4;2-6;0), we first show that the truth value judgment task, traditionally employed to investigate children’s pragmatic ability, prompts a rate of pragmatic responses comparable to the picture selection task. In Experiment 2 (N = 141, age: 3;8-9;2) we used the picture selection task to compare scalar and ad-hoc implicatures and linked the ability to derive these implicatures to some cognitive and linguistic measures. We found that four- and five-year-olds children performed better on ad-hoc than on scalar implicatures. Furthermore, we found that morphosyntactic competence was associated with success in both kinds of implicatures, while performance on mental state reasoning was positively associated with success on scalar but not ad-hoc implicatures.
Keywords:acquisition of pragmatics, scalar implicatures, ad-hoc implicatures, experimental pragmatics
Year of publishing:2021
Number of pages:str. 350-372
Numbering:no. 2, Vol. 48
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UDC:81
ISSN on article:0305-0009
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:EZUEK0OB
DOI:10.1017/S030500092000032X Link is opened in a new window
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Title:Journal of child language
Shortened title:J. child lang.
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0305-0009
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