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Title:On the interpretation of scalar implicatures infirst andsecond language
Authors:ID Mazzaggio, Greta (Author)
ID Panizza, Daniele (Author)
ID Surian, Luca (Author)
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
Abstract:We investigated the effect of presenting items in a foreign language (L2) on scalar- implicatures computation. To ensure that L2 processing was more effortful than the pro- cessing of the native language (L1), participants were late learners of L2 immersed in an L1 environment and they were presented with oral stimuli under time constraints. If scalar- implicatures computation requires cognitive effort one should !nd that people are more likely to compute scalar implicatures in L1 than in L2. In two experiments, participants were asked to perform a Sentence Evaluation Task either Italian, their native language, or in a foreign language (English or Spanish). The task included underinformative statements such as “Some dogs are animals” that, if interpreted in a pragmatic way (i.e., “Some but not all dogs are animals”) should be rejected as false. In both experiments, we found more rejections in the native language condition than in the foreign language conditions. These results provide support for models that maintain that scalar-implicature computation is effortful.
Keywords:scalar implicatures, pragmatics, default models, non-default models, second-language comprehension
Year of publishing:2021
Number of pages:str. 62-75
Numbering:Vol. 171, 171
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-6737 New window
COBISS.SI-ID:76760579 New window
ISSN on article:0378-2166
DOI:10.1016/j.pragma.2020.10.005 New window
Publication date in RUNG:17.09.2021
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Title:Journal of pragmatics
Shortened title:J. pragmat.
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