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Exhaustivity: Fundamentally Linguistic?

Kegel, Peter (2019) Exhaustivity: Fundamentally Linguistic? Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.


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In continuation of experiments by Nordmeyer (2011) and Margulis (2014), the linguistic nature of exhaustivity is investigated. In the sentence `Every student loves writing a thesis', the set of students is said to be exhausted against the set of entities that love writing a thesis. Previous research found that negation and second-order relations are linguistic in nature. Exhaustivity can be seen as a second-order relation, hence the expectation that exhaustivity is linguistic in nature. This was investigated using a verbal shadowing paradigm, introduced by Hermer-Vazquez, Spelke, & Katsnelson (1999), in which participants are repeating spoken audio, which occupies the language center. For the experiment, the control imagery of Nordmeyer (2011) was used. It was found that exhaustivity is not fundamentally linguistic and might be processed by other areas of the brain, rather than the linguistic centre.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
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Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 09:02

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