Revealing abstract semantic mechanisms through priming: The distributive/collective contrast

Mora Maldonado, Emmanuel Chemla, Benjamin Spector

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Abstract

Sentences such as The bags are light allow both collective (i.e. they are light together) and distributive interpretations (i.e. each bag is light). We report the results of two experiments showing that this collective/distributive contrast gives rise to priming effects. These findings suggest that the abstract interpretative mechanisms posited to account for this ambiguity are represented as such during comprehension, independently of the specific verification strategies associated with each reading.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-176
JournalCognition
Volume182
Early online date27 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • plurals
  • distributivity
  • priming
  • ambuguity
  • gradable adjectives
  • semantics

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