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Distributive markers and their exhaustivity requirements - Evidence from German

Velich, M. (2017) Distributive markers and their exhaustivity requirements - Evidence from German. Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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This study is about analysing the interpretations of the German distance-distributive quantifier jeweils. In contrast to each-like individual distribution, it additionally allows for event distribution, meaning a distribution over space and time. Existing semantic analyses of this has not been empirically verified cross-linguistically. We tested different generalisations made by Bosnić (in prep.) for the Serbian marker po with the modification of marking the object of a transitive sentence. The first experiment consisted of a Truth Value Judgement Task with a 3x2 design conducted with 64 participants. Since the results showed ambiguity with regards to the crucial condition, we conducted a modified follow-up experiment with the intention to prime participants. It was found that individual distribution is significantly more preferred than spatial distribution. The rest of the results were unexpected, but gave rise to new ideas for further research. The goal is to disambiguate what is considered a restriction of the quantifier and to what extent the results are generalisable cross-linguistically.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Supervisor name: Spenader, J. and Bosnić, A.
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 09:51

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