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Two ʺmanyʺ- words in Italian? : on molto-tanto and cross-linguistic differences in quantification
Greta Mazzaggio, Penka Stateva, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: This article investigates the variability in the meaning of vague quantifiers across different languages, focusing on Italian’s m(any)-words molto and tanto. The aim was to replicate a previous analysis conducted on Slovenian m-words – precej and veliko – examining whether the Italian ones exhibit a similar pragmatic strengthening effect. Using a sentence-picture verification task, we tested 88 Italian monolingual participants on their evaluation of sentences of the form “Quantifier X are Y”. Our results showed that, unlike Slovenian speakers, Italian speakers do not exhibit a difference in the evaluation of molto and tanto, suggesting that the two words have the same numerical bound and are interchangeable as amount modifiers. Our analysis suggests that there are underlying semantic distinctions between molto and tanto that require further investigation. These findings contribute to our understanding of the variability in the use of quantifiers across languages and highlight the importance of examining subtle differences in meaning when studying vague quantifiers.
Keywords: cross-linguistic differences, pragmatics, quantification, semantics, vague quantifiers
Published in RUNG: 03.10.2023; Views: 1020; Downloads: 8
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Scalar diversity and second-language processing: the Pragmatic Transfer Hypothesis
Federica Longo, Bob Van Tiel, Penka Stateva, Greta Mazzaggio, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: This study investigates the impact of language proficiency on the computation of scalar implicatures (e.g., ”some” implying ”not all”) and compares the Pragmatic Default Hypoth- esis and the Pragmatic Transfer Hypothesis. Six scalar terms were studied among native English speakers, native Slovenian speakers, and Slovenian second-language (L2) learners of English. The findings mostly support the Pragmatic Transfer Hypothesis, as the rate of scalar implicatures in the English-L2 group generally aligned with rates in their native language, Slovenian. This suggests that scalar implicature judgments in one’s L2 reflect pragmatic patterns in one’s first language.
Keywords: Second Language processing, Scalar implicatures, Scalar diversity
Published in RUNG: 03.10.2023; Views: 789; Downloads: 3
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Exploring the production of verbal irony and prosodic contours in native and second language speakers of Italian and English
Alessandra Zappoli, Sara Andreetta, Cinzia Avesani, Greta Mazzaggio, 2023, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: irony, prosody, second language
Published in RUNG: 25.09.2023; Views: 806; Downloads: 4
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Proceedings of the International Summer School of Bilingualism and Multilingualism (ISSBM2022)
Abdulkadir Abdulrahim, 2023, proceedings of peer-reviewed scientific conference contributions (international and foreign conferences)

Keywords: Dvojezičnost, Večjezičnost
Published in RUNG: 03.05.2023; Views: 1362; Downloads: 13
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On the Italian Molto and Tanto and the differences with the Slovenian Precej and Veliko : lecture at the 48. Incontro di Grammatica Generativa, IGG48, Dilef, University of Florence, 16. 2. 2023
Greta Mazzaggio, Penka Stateva, 2023, unpublished conference contribution

Abstract: The present work is based on a previous study in which Stateva and Stepanov (2017) compare speakers’ comprehension of two Slovenian m(any)-words, veliko and precej. S&S argue for a degree analysis of the two quantifiers suggesting that they are semantically equivalent but subject to different mechanisms of pragmatic enrichment. We present the results of two experiments that use the S&S protocol in order to assess i) the comprehension of two Italian translational equivalents of these m-words, namely, molti and tanti, and ii) potential crosslinguistic influence in the context of Italian-Slovenian bilingualism. Our results suggest that Italian m-words have the same numerical bounds even in direct competition in contrast to their Slovenian counterparts. Italian L2 speakers of Slovenian fail to differentiate between the two m-words in Slovenian which suggests that this aspect of L2 acquisition is subject to negative transfer.
Keywords: amount quantifier, Italian, bilingualism, negative transfer, pragmatic enrichment
Published in RUNG: 27.03.2023; Views: 1191; Downloads: 0
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Some (but not all) implicatures gained the same attention in Experimental Pragmatics.
Greta Mazzaggio, other performed works

Keywords: scalar implicatures, pragmatics, experimental pragmatics, linguistics
Published in RUNG: 01.12.2022; Views: 1130; Downloads: 0
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Tanto per Intenderci: Pragmatica Sperimentale e Disturbi dello Spettro Autistico
Greta Mazzaggio, invited lecture at foreign university

Keywords: pragmatics, experimental pragmatics, linguistics, cognitive science, autism. developmental disorders
Published in RUNG: 01.12.2022; Views: 1491; Downloads: 0
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Tanto per Intenderci: "alcuni" dibattiti in Pragmatica Sperimentale.
Greta Mazzaggio, invited lecture at foreign university

Keywords: experimental pragmatics, linguistics, cognitive science, pragmatics
Published in RUNG: 01.12.2022; Views: 1156; Downloads: 0
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The Processing of Irony Across the Lifespan
Greta Mazzaggio, Alessandra Zappoli, Diana Mazzarella, 2022, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: aging, older adults, relevance theory, echoic theory, self-paced reading
Published in RUNG: 20.09.2022; Views: 1251; Downloads: 0
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