Do negative polarity items facilitate the processing of decreasing inferences?

Anna Szabolcsi

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    Abstract

    Negative polarity items occur within the immediate scope of operators that support decreasing inferences. It is natural to expect the presence of a licensed NPI to facilitate the processing of decreasing inferences based on the licensor. In joint work with L. Bott and B. McElree I conducted a series of experiments to test this. We found no facilitation in terms of either verification accuracy or processing speed; instead, the presence of an NPI slowed down the processing of valid inferences. The talk will report on the experiments and consider various theories of licensing as potential explanations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium
    Pages11-16
    Number of pages6
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
    Event16th Amsterdam Colloquium 2007 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: Dec 17 2007Dec 19 2007

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium

    Other

    Other16th Amsterdam Colloquium 2007
    CountryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period12/17/0712/19/07

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computational Theory and Mathematics
    • Software

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    Szabolcsi, A. (2007). Do negative polarity items facilitate the processing of decreasing inferences? In Proceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium (pp. 11-16). (Proceedings of the 16th Amsterdam Colloquium).