The Question–Answer Requirement for scope assignment

Natural Language Semantics 16 (3):205-237 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper focuses on children’s interpretation of sentences containing negation and a quantifier (e.g., The detective didn’t find some guys). Recent studies suggest that, although children are capable of accessing inverse scope interpretations of such sentences, they resort to surface scope to a larger extent than adults. To account for children’s behavioral pattern, we propose a new factor at play in Truth Value Judgment tasks: the Question–Answer Requirement (QAR). According to the QAR, children (and adults) must interpret the target sentence that they evaluate as an answer to a question that is made salient by the discourse

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,038

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Wide or narrow scope?John Broome - 2007 - Mind 116 (462):359-370.
Unifying the requirements of rationality.Andrew Reisner - 2009 - Philosophical Explorations 12 (3):243-260.
No scope for scope?Jaakko Hintikka - 1997 - Linguistics and Philosophy 20 (5):515-544.
The scope of rational requirements.John Brunero - 2010 - Philosophical Quarterly 60 (238):28-49.
Defending the wide-scope approach to instrumental reason.Jonathan Way - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 147 (2):213 - 233.
The scope of even.Karina Wilkinson - 1996 - Natural Language Semantics 4 (3):193-215.

Analytics

Added to PP
2013-12-01

Downloads
34 (#470,593)

6 months
6 (#522,230)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

Inquiries Into Truth And Interpretation.Donald Davidson - 1984 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
Logic and Conversation.H. P. Grice - 1975 - In Donald Davidson & Gilbert Harman (eds.), The Logic of Grammar. Encino, CA: pp. 64-75.
A Natural History of Negation.Laurence R. Horn - 1989 - University of Chicago Press.
Restrictions on Quantifier Domains.Kai von Fintel - 1994 - Dissertation, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
A Natural History of Negation.Laurence R. Horn - 1989 - Philosophy and Rhetoric 24 (2):164-168.

View all 16 references / Add more references