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Title:Cross-Linguistic Variation in the Meaning of Quantifiers : Implications for Pragmatic Enrichment
Authors:ID Stateva, Penka, Univerza v Novi Gorici (Author)
ID Stepanov, Arthur, Univerza v Novi Gorici (Author)
ID Déprez, Viviane, UMR5304, Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, Bron, France (Author)
ID Dupuy, Ludivine, UMR5304, Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, Bron, France (Author)
ID Reboul, Anne, UMR5304, Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod, Bron, France (Author)
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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.
Keywords:quantifier, numerical bound, scalar implicature, R/I-implicature, M-implicature
Publication version:Version of Record
Year of publishing:2019
Number of pages:18
Numbering:10, 957
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-4520-245486c9-c009-8e92-06bb-690c674de5f5 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:5384443 New window
DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00957 New window
Publication date in RUNG:15.05.2019
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Title:Frontiers in Psychology
Shortened title:Frontiers
Publisher:Frontiers Media
Year of publishing:2019

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Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:P6-0382
Name:eoretično in eksperimentalno jezikoslovje


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