Download e-book for iPad: Constraints on Numerical Expressions (Oxford Studies in by Chris Cummins

By Chris Cummins

This ebook considers how expressions concerning quantity are utilized by audio system and understood by way of hearers. A speaker's selection of expression could be a advanced challenge even in rather simple-looking domain names. with regards to numerical expressions, there are frequently many decisions that may be semantically appropriate: for example, if 'more than two hundred' is right, then so is 'more than 199', 'more than 150', and 'more than 100', between others. A speaker doesn't make a choice from these
options arbitrarily but in addition doesn't continuously persist with any uncomplicated rule. The hearer is not only in what has been stated but in addition in from now on inferences that may be drawn.

Chris Cummins bargains a collection of standards that separately effect the speaker's selection of expression. the method of selecting what to claim is then taken care of as an issue of a number of constraint pride. This technique allows a number of various issues, drawn from ideas of semantics, philosophy, psycholinguistics and the psychology of quantity, concurrently to be built-in inside a unmarried coherent account. This constraint-based version bargains novel predictions approximately utilization and
interpretation which are borne out experimentally and in corpus study. It additionally explains challenging facts in numerical quantification that experience formerly been dealt with by way of extra stipulative capacity, and gives a possible line of assault for addressing the matter of the speaker's selection in additional general
linguistic environments.

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