Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions

Cummins C, Sauerland U, Solt S (2012)
Linguistics and Philosophy 35(2): 135-169.

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Cummins, ChrisUniBi; Sauerland, Uli; Solt, Stephanie
Abstract / Bemerkung
It has been generally assumed that certain categories of numerical expressions, such as 'more than n', 'at least n', and 'fewer than n', systematically fail to give rise to scalar implicatures in unembedded declarative contexts. Various proposals have been developed to explain this perceived absence. In this paper, we consider the relevance of scale granularity to scalar implicature, and make two novel predictions: first, that scalar implicatures are in fact available from these numerical expressions at the appropriate granularity level, and second, that these implicatures are attenuated if the numeral has been previously mentioned or is otherwise salient in the context. We present novel experimental data in support of both of these predictions, and discuss the implications of this for recent accounts of numerical quantifier usage.
Stichworte
Relevance; Numerals; Salience; Pragmatics; Constraints; Quantifiers; Implicature; Granularity
Erscheinungsjahr
2012
Zeitschriftentitel
Linguistics and Philosophy
Band
35
Ausgabe
2
Seite(n)
135-169
ISSN
0165-0157
eISSN
1573-0549
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2530580

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Cummins C, Sauerland U, Solt S. Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions. Linguistics and Philosophy. 2012;35(2):135-169.
Cummins, C., Sauerland, U., & Solt, S. (2012). Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions. Linguistics and Philosophy, 35(2), 135-169. doi:10.1007/s10988-012-9114-0
Cummins, C., Sauerland, U., and Solt, S. (2012). Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions. Linguistics and Philosophy 35, 135-169.
Cummins, C., Sauerland, U., & Solt, S., 2012. Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions. Linguistics and Philosophy, 35(2), p 135-169.
C. Cummins, U. Sauerland, and S. Solt, “Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions”, Linguistics and Philosophy, vol. 35, 2012, pp. 135-169.
Cummins, C., Sauerland, U., Solt, S.: Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions. Linguistics and Philosophy. 35, 135-169 (2012).
Cummins, Chris, Sauerland, Uli, and Solt, Stephanie. “Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions”. Linguistics and Philosophy 35.2 (2012): 135-169.

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