Early interpretation of scalar quantifiers in context: Mouse-tracking evidence for the role of social reasoning

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The scalar quantifier some is ambiguous between a literal (some and possibly all) and a pragmatic (some but not all) meaning. Loy et al. (2019) investigated how its interpretation was affected by a speaker’s manner of speech. They showed that where speakers were disfluent (“I ate, uh, some oreos”), listeners were more likely to make an early commitment to a literal interpretation than when the speakers were fluent. However, it remains unclear whether this reflects a simple effect of disfluency, or whether it reflects listeners’ rapid reasoning in a context where some interpreted as some and possibly all (eating more oreos) is socially undesirable.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventAmLaP 2022 - University of York, York, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sept 20229 Sept 2022
https://amlap2022.york.ac.uk/programme

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ConferenceAmLaP 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityYork
Period7/09/229/09/22
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