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What Discourse Can(not) Teach Us

What Discourse Can(not) Teach Us This paper has two goals. First, it defends my circumbounded analysis for scalar quantifiers most (Ariel, 2004) and some , according to which the upper bound is lexically specified. Based on new questionnaire results, I here argue against discourse-based counter-arguments against the circumbounded analysis. At the same time, the paper also makes a more general, methodological point about the (mis)use of discourse patterns in linguistic analyses. I argue that discourse patterns directly reflect only discourse/pragmatic principles. Hence, we cannot simply argue for or against specific semantic analyses based on prevalent discourse patterns, for the correct account for the pattern may be pragmatic, rather than semantic. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

What Discourse Can(not) Teach Us

International Review of Pragmatics , Volume 6 (2): 181 – Jan 1, 2014

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/18773109-00602001
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Abstract

This paper has two goals. First, it defends my circumbounded analysis for scalar quantifiers most (Ariel, 2004) and some , according to which the upper bound is lexically specified. Based on new questionnaire results, I here argue against discourse-based counter-arguments against the circumbounded analysis. At the same time, the paper also makes a more general, methodological point about the (mis)use of discourse patterns in linguistic analyses. I argue that discourse patterns directly reflect only discourse/pragmatic principles. Hence, we cannot simply argue for or against specific semantic analyses based on prevalent discourse patterns, for the correct account for the pattern may be pragmatic, rather than semantic.

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2014

Keywords: scalar quantifiers; discourse argumentation; circumbounded analysis; lower-bounded analysis; discourse-based arguments in semantics; bare plural nouns

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