In the first part of my dissertation I present some experimental works that investigate how adults interpret scalar items such as or in different syntactic contexts, such as (1) and (2), and ambiguous sentences like (3), in which the pronoun "it" admits of two interpretations, due to the presence of an indefinite antecedent: (1) If an A has a B or a C, then she also has a D (2) If an A has a D, then she also has a B or a C (3) If a farmer owns a donkey, he beats it In interpreting these sentences, adults display a high degree of “spontaneous logicality”, showing sensitivity to logic properties (such as entailment patterns and monotonicity properties) of the elements in the sentence. The second part is focused on the investigation of “pragmatic” inferences in children, aiming at attesting which factors may influence children’s computation of Scalar Implicatures (like the ones arising in (2)) and eventually contribute to their failure or their improvement in this task

(2007). The logic of pragmatics. An experimental investigation with children and adults. (Tesi di dottorato, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, 2007).

The logic of pragmatics. An experimental investigation with children and adults

FOPPOLO, FRANCESCA
2007

Abstract

In the first part of my dissertation I present some experimental works that investigate how adults interpret scalar items such as or in different syntactic contexts, such as (1) and (2), and ambiguous sentences like (3), in which the pronoun "it" admits of two interpretations, due to the presence of an indefinite antecedent: (1) If an A has a B or a C, then she also has a D (2) If an A has a D, then she also has a B or a C (3) If a farmer owns a donkey, he beats it In interpreting these sentences, adults display a high degree of “spontaneous logicality”, showing sensitivity to logic properties (such as entailment patterns and monotonicity properties) of the elements in the sentence. The second part is focused on the investigation of “pragmatic” inferences in children, aiming at attesting which factors may influence children’s computation of Scalar Implicatures (like the ones arising in (2)) and eventually contribute to their failure or their improvement in this task
GUASTI, MARIA TERESA
semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition, scalar implicatures, anaphora, logicality of language
English
Scuola di Dottorato in Psicologia e Scienze Cognitive
Neuroscienze Cognitive
18
2005/2006
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca
co-tutoraggio di Gennaro Chierchia, affiliato ad Harvard University dal giugno 2006
(2007). The logic of pragmatics. An experimental investigation with children and adults. (Tesi di dottorato, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, 2007).
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