Can natural language semantics explain syllogistic reasoning?

@article{Newstead2003CanNL,
  title={Can natural language semantics explain syllogistic reasoning?},
  author={Stephen E. Newstead},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2003},
  volume={90 2},
  pages={193-9; discussion 201-4}
}
It has long been known that conversion of the quantifiers can explain syllogistic reasoning errors (Newstead, 1989; Revlis, 1975; Wilkins, 1928). Geurts is more concerned with explaining how people solve valid syllogisms, and an integral part of his model is the (entirely legal) conversion of ‘no’ and ‘some’. This part of Geurts’ theory seems unexceptionable, but more problematic is his assumption that conversion of ‘no’ and ‘some’ can be carried out with negligible processing effort. While it… CONTINUE READING

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