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Rapid Access to Scalar Implicatures in Adjacency Pair Contexts: Experimental Evidence in Spanish

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Instituto de Lingüística, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Viamonte 430, Buenos Aires C1053ABJ, Argentina
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Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas (CONICET), Godoy Cruz 2290, Buenos Aires C1425FQB, Argentina
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Laboratorio de Inteligencia Artificial Aplicada, Instituto de Ciencias de la Computación (ICC), CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Viamonte 430, Buenos Aires C1053ABJ, Argentina
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Languages 2019, 4(3), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4030048
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 13 June 2019 / Accepted: 21 June 2019 / Published: 27 June 2019
A conversational implicature arises when there is a gap between the syntactically and semantically encoded meaning of a sentence and the pragmatic meaning that is inferred in an actual communicative situation. Several experimental studies have approached the processing of implicatures and examined the extent to which the derivation of the pragmatic meaning is effortful, especially in the case of generalized implicatures, where the inferred meaning seems to be the most frequent one. In this study, we present two experiments that explore the processing of scalar implicatures with algunos ‘some’ in adjacency pair contexts through an acceptability judgment task and a self-paced reading task. Our results support the claim that the access to the meaning of some as only some is context sensitive. Moreover, they also indicate that adjacency pair structure contributes to making that meaning rapidly available. View Full-Text
Keywords: generalized conversational implicatures; adjacency pair; relevance theory; sentence gestalt generalized conversational implicatures; adjacency pair; relevance theory; sentence gestalt
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Loredo, R.; Kamienkowski, J.E.; Jaichenco, V. Rapid Access to Scalar Implicatures in Adjacency Pair Contexts: Experimental Evidence in Spanish. Languages 2019, 4, 48.

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