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Bart Geurts (Univ. Nijmegen) et Nausicaa Pouscoulous (Univ. College London)
16 septembre 2008
Program: Recently, so-called quantity implicatures have received considerable attention in the semantic and pragmatic literature. Prototypical instances of such implicatures arise when the speaker uses a relatively weak scalar expression, like "some", where a stronger one might have been employed. Thus, according to the standard pragmatic story, "Some of the kangaroos are sick" conveys, inter alia, that not all the kangaroos are sick, and this is not as part of the meaning of "some" but rather because the speaker should have said that all the kangaroos are sick, if that is what he believed to be the case. One of the issues in the recent literature is whether this standard story is on the right track, in the first place, or whether a radically different, semantic treatment is called for. Other, and related, issues concern the interpretation of scalar expressions in embedded positions, free choice permission, the acquisition of scalar terms, and how adults process these expressions.
1/ September 16, 2008 at 9:10 am,
2/ September 17, 2008 at 9:10 am,
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4/ September 19, 2008 at 9:10 am.
||Bart Geurts (Univ. Nijmegen)|
Department of philosophy, University of Nijmegen.
||Nausicaa Pouscoulous (Univ. College London)|
Lecturer experimental pragmatics. UCL division of psychology and language sciences.