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Do presupposition triggers influence the felicity of voice mismatched sentences?

Vogelzang, M. (2009) Do presupposition triggers influence the felicity of voice mismatched sentences? Bachelor's Thesis, Artificial Intelligence.

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Kehler (2002) claims that in sentences with resemblance relations parallel syntactic structures are prefered, while for cause-effect relations this is irrelevant, thus voice mismatches are dispreferred in resemblance relations. Adding a presupposition trigger like 'too' might help repair the damage made by the mismatch, making such sentences more felicitous. In a sentences judgment task experiment, we asked Dutch speakers to judge the felicity of resemblance and cause-effect sentences with and without syntactic voice mismatches. An additional factor is the presence or absence of the presupposition triggers 'too' ('ook') in resemblance relations and 'toch' in cause-effect relations. The results show adding a presupposition trigger doesn't affect matched resemblance sentences, but significantly improves mismatched resemblance sentences. Adding a presupposition trigger also doesn't significantly improve matched or mismatched cause-effect sentences. Both resemblance and cause-effect sentences are not significantly worsened by mismatch, so our results can't be said to support Kehler's theory for Dutch sentences.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Artificial Intelligence
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:30
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:30

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