Processing scalar implicatures in conversational contexts: An ERP study

  title={Processing scalar implicatures in conversational contexts: An ERP study},
  author={Thomas Holtgraves and Brian T. Kraus},
  journal={Journal of Neurolinguistics},
Abstract Scalar expressions are words that have both a semantic meaning (e.g., the semantic meaning of “some” is “more than one”) and a pragmatic meaning (e.g., the pragmatic meaning of “some” is “some but not all”). The majority of experimental research on scalar terms has focused on the quantity expression “some” and its use in nonconversational contexts. In contrast, in this research we examined five different scalar expressions that were embedded in a conversational context with varying… 
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