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ERIC Number: EJ1081636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1916-4742
Quantification and Negation Scope Ambiguity Resolution: An Interlanguage Study
Asadollahfam, Hassan; Lotfi, Ahmad Reza
English Language Teaching, v3 n2 p152-161 Jun 2010
Two off-line and on-line reading tasks investigated the real-time comprehension of doubly quantified sentences with sentential negation interaction. The results showed that perceivers experienced processing difficulty in assigning inverse-scope interpretations to the sentences with double operators, not only when such sentences appeared in isolation, but also when the preceding context supported the inverse-scope interpretation and when the quantified sentences with negative operators was unambiguously inverse scope. We conclude that the cost of assigning inverse scope arises from the greater syntactic complexity of the inverse-scope representation, as a structure-driven model of the human sentence processing mechanism and referential context hypothesis would predict.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
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