New PDF release: Constraints on Numerical Expressions (Oxford Studies in

By Chris Cummins

ISBN-10: 0199687900

ISBN-13: 9780199687909

ISBN-10: 0199687919

ISBN-13: 9780199687916

This booklet considers how expressions related to quantity are utilized by audio system and understood through hearers. A speaker's number of expression could be a complicated challenge even in really simple-looking domain names. with regards to numerical expressions, there are frequently many selections 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 choose from these
options arbitrarily but additionally doesn't always keep on with any uncomplicated rule. The hearer is not only in what has been acknowledged but additionally in any longer inferences that may be drawn.

Chris Cummins bargains a suite of standards that separately effect the speaker's selection of expression. the method of selecting what to assert is then handled as an issue of a number of constraint pride. This process allows a number of various issues, drawn from ideas of semantics, philosophy, psycholinguistics and the psychology of quantity, concurrently to be built-in inside of a unmarried coherent account. This constraint-based version deals novel predictions approximately utilization and
interpretation which are borne out experimentally and in corpus learn. It additionally explains complicated facts in numerical quantification that experience formerly been dealt with by means of extra stipulative potential, 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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