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Title:Two ʺmanyʺ- words in Italian? : on molto-tanto and cross-linguistic differences in quantification
Authors:ID Mazzaggio, Greta (Author)
ID Stateva, Penka (Author)
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Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:UNG - University of Nova Gorica
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
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Publication date:01.01.2023
Year of publishing:2023
Number of pages:str. 117-134
Numbering:2023, Vol. 9
PID:20.500.12556/RUNG-8501-6a26cdbf-99f5-1300-810c-2eadf57298cf New window
COBISS.SI-ID:166813955 New window
ISSN on article:2421-7220
DOI:10.13128/QULSO-2421-7220-15155 New window
Publication date in RUNG:03.10.2023
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Title:Quaderni di linguistica e studi orientali
Shortened title:Quad. linguist. studi orient.
Publisher:Firenze university press
COBISS.SI-ID:526779929 New window

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Funder:ARRS - Slovenian Research Agency
Project number:J6-2580
Name:Jezikovni prenos pragmatičnih prvin: Govorci slovenščine v večjezičnem okolju


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