Universiteit van Amsterdam


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

25 April 2017, CoSaQ seminar, Fabian Schlotterbeck

Speaker: Fabian Schlotterbeck
Title: Towards a general model of the processing difficulty of quantified sentences
Date: Tuesday 25 April 2017
Time: 15:00-17:00
Location: Room 6.26, PC Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam

Distinct aspects of the processing of quantifiers were largely studied separately in the past and thus a comprehensive model is lacking. For example, many psycholinguistic studies focused on Aristotelian quantifiers separately from other types of quantifiers, e.g. numerical or proportional ones. Similarly, in much recent work, processes involved in the verification of quantifiers were studied independently of other processes like, e.g., comprehension. In my second talk, I will continue the integrative approach of the first one but with a broader empirical focus. I will discuss diverse empirical findings that a comprehensive processing model of quantification would have to accommodate. Moreover, I will discuss whether and how existing theoretical models may be integrated into a general one. Among other things, two specific aspects will be discussed in some detail: The first is the relation between comprehension and verification of quantified sentences. The second is an empirical phenomenon which Bott et al. (2013, under review) have found in a range of different types of quantifiers and which they have dubbed ’empty-set effect.’