Ignorance in context : The interaction of modified numerals and QUDs

  title={Ignorance in context : The interaction of modified numerals and QUDs},
  author={Matthijs Westera and Adrian Brasoveanu},
Matthijs Westera Adrian Brasoveanu ILLC, University of Amsterdam UC Santa Cruz I. The phenomena. Geurts & Nouwen (2007) report a contrast between superlative modifiers (henceforth Sups) like at most, and comparative modifiers (henceforth Comps) like less than: only sups license an ignorance inference. For instance, (1a) but not (1b) conveys that the speaker doesn’t know the exact number of diamonds: 1. a. Sup: I found at most ten of the diamonds under the bed. not sure how many b. Comp: I found… CONTINUE READING

From This Paper

Figures, tables, results, connections, and topics extracted from this paper.
4 Extracted Citations
10 Extracted References
Similar Papers

Referenced Papers

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 10 references

Granularity and scalar implicature

  • sincerity, C. SALT 23. • Cummins, U. Sauerland, S. Solt
  • 2012

Granularity and scalar implicature in numerical expressions

  • B. Geurts, N. Katsos, C. Cummins, J. Moons, L. Noordman
  • Linguistics and Philosophy
  • 2012

The least at least can do

  • D. Büring
  • 2008
2 Excerpts

Dogmas of understanding

  • Elizabeth Coppock
  • 1997

Attention ! Might in inquisitive semantics

  • H. H. Clark

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…