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Do elk and ieder signal distributivity? Evidence from a low working memory task.

Vegter, A. M. (2016) Do elk and ieder signal distributivity? Evidence from a low working memory task. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Research regarding the words each and every in English has found that the interpretations of these words differ, and that interpretation of these words between children and adults differ. Both children and adults interpret each as clearly distributive. However, adults interpret every as ambiguous, where children interpret every as clearly collective. This article aims to find out if such differences can be found in Dutch, a language similar to English, for the words elk and ieder. A previous version of this experiment in Dutch contained stories that were quite difficult to follow, especially for children. We wanted to lower the working memory load by improving the stories, and accompanying the stories with cartoons in hopes of finding more conclusive results. Again we found no significant difference in interpretation between elk and ieder for both children and adults. Additionally, unlike children, adults seemed to have a clear preference for the distributive interpretation for both quantifiers.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:14

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