Disambiguation of scalar quantifiers' meanings in context: Mouse-tracking evidence for the role of real-time social reasoning

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The scalar quantifier some is ambiguous between a semantic (some and possibly all) and apragmatic (some but not all) meaning. Loy et al. (2019) investigated how its interpretation was affected by a speaker’s manner of speech in real time. They showed that where speakers were disfluent (“I ate, uh, some oreos”), listeners were more likely to make an early commitment to the semantic interpretation than when the speakers were fluent. However, it remains unclear whether this early disambiguation of semantic and pragmatic meanings of some merely reflects a simple bias from disfluency towards a semantic interpretation, or whether it reflects listeners’ rapid reasoning in a context where the semantic meaning of some (some and possibly all, i.e., eating more oreos), is socially undesirable.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventPROMS 2022 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Sept 20223 Sept 2022

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ConferencePROMS 2022
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period1/09/223/09/22

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