Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Quantification

  • Katalin É. Kiss
  • Tamás Zétényi

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Katalin É. Kiss
    Pages 1-11
  3. Asya Achimova, Viviane Déprez, Julien Musolino
    Pages 13-29
  4. Ayaka Sugawara, Martin Hackl, Irina Onoprienko, Ken Wexler
    Pages 31-55
  5. Nataša Knežević, Hamida Demirdache
    Pages 115-140
  6. Balázs Surányi, Levente Madarász
    Pages 141-169
  7. Irina A. Sekerina, Patricia J. Brooks, Luca Campanelli, Anna M. Schwartz
    Pages 171-192
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 217-219

About this book


This volume presents the results of psycholinguistic research into various aspects of the grammar of quantification. The investigations involve children and adults, speakers of different languages, using a variety of experimental paradigms. A shared aspect of the studies is that they present their experimental results as evidence evaluating linguistic theories of quantification. Topics discussed include the interpretation of universal, comparative, and superlative quantifiers, quantifier spreading, scope interaction between pairs of quantifiers and between quantifiers and wh-phrases, distributivity and cumulativity, the interaction of quantifier interpretation with information structure, the disambiguating role of prosody, the functional overlap between universal quantification and perfectivity, and much more. The focus on experimental evidence makes this book essential reading for linguists (syntacticians, semanticists and pragmatists), psycholinguists and psychologists interested in quantification.


Scope interpretation Universal quantification Psycholinguistic and sign-language data Ostensive effect in scalar implicatures Scope ambiguity in Broca’s aphasia The distributive share quantifier po in Serbian Cantonese-speaking children Acquisition of exceptives in quantified sentences

Editors and affiliations

  • Katalin É. Kiss
    • 1
  • Tamás Zétényi
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Institute for LinguisticsHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Department of Ergonomics and PsychologyBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91565-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91566-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1788
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