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Title:Two “many”-words in Slovenian : Experimental evidence for pragmatic strengthening
Authors:Stateva, Penka (Author)
Stepanov, Arthur (Author)
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Language:English
Work type:Not categorized (r6)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
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.
Keywords:quantity determiner, Slovenian, pragmatic strengthening, stereotypical interpretation, sentence–picture verification task
Year of publishing:2017
Number of pages:435-473
Numbering:3, 64
COBISS_ID:4919035 Link is opened in a new window
URN:URN:SI:UNG:REP:GEIOYQR4
DOI:10.1556/2062.2017.64.3.7 Link is opened in a new window
License:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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Title:Acta Linguistica Hungarica
Publisher:Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN:2559-8201

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Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Funding Programme:Cilnji raziskovalni programi
Project no.:P6-0382
Name:Teoretično in eksperimentalno jezikoslovje
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Project ID:info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ARRS/Cilnji%20raziskovalni%20programi/P6-0382

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