The Processing of Ambiguous Degree Constructions in German

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Show simple item record Berezovskaya, Polina Hörnig, Robin 2019-07-31T12:41:08Z 2019-07-31T12:41:08Z 2019-07-31
dc.identifier.other 1675667098 de_DE
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dc.description.abstract Based on a thorough semantic analysis of German degree quantifiers within the degree approach (cf. e.g. von Stechow, 1984; Heim, 2001), we derived hypotheses on the processing of sentences of the form “A kennt(VERB.3SG) einen besseren(ADJ.COMP) B als C” (‘A knows a better B than C’). These sentences are ambiguous between the DP-internal reading, INT (A knows a B who is a better B than C) and the DP-external reading, EXT (A knows a B who is a better B than a B that C knows). We show that INT is less complex than EXT in several respects. From this we hypothesize that the difference in complexity affects processing such that (i) INT is preferred over EXT in reading the ambiguous sentence (Study 1), that the sentence, if disambiguated by context towards INT rather than EXT, (ii) is judged more acceptable (Study 2) and (iii) that INT takes less long to read than EXT (Study 3). The first hypothesis was confirmed, but not the second and the third one. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-podok de_DE
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dc.subject.classification Komplexität , Semantische Analyse de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 400 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 430 de_DE
dc.subject.other attributive comparatives en
dc.subject.other complexity en
dc.subject.other processing en
dc.title The Processing of Ambiguous Degree Constructions in German en
dc.type Konferenzveröffentlichung de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 5 Philosophische Fakultät de_DE
utue.opus.portal ProcLingEvi2018 de_DE


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