C02

Limits of cross-linguistic variability in the interpretation of underspecified structures

PI(s): Prof. Dr. Malte Zimmermann

The project continues looking at the limits of variability in semantic interpretation across language users and languages (German, English, Akan, Hausa, Igbo, Medumba). The focus is on the interpretation of underspecified structures, such as found in doubly quantified sentences (scope ambiguities) and in sentences with missing functional elements (article drop in DP and Serial Verb Constructions). Such sentences provide a good testing ground for hidden variability in that identical surface configurations may involve different structural derivations, as diagnosed by differences in interpretation. We will collect data in direct elicitation and in experiments, and we will begin with computationally modelling the quantitative experimental data.

Member

Armenante

Giuliano Armenante

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.22/3.2314476 Potsdam

(+49) 331 977-2979 | 📧

Bade

Dr. Nadine Bade

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.22/3.2314476 Potsdam

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Philipp

Mareike Philipp

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.22/3.2314476 Potsdam

(+49) 331 977-2610 | 📧

Zimmermann

Prof. Dr. Malte Zimmermann

Universität PotsdamCampus GolmDepartment LinguistikKarl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 14, Raum 3.2514476 Potsdam

(+49) 331 977-2319 | 📧 | 🔗

Publications

Author(s)TitleYearPublished inDOILinksType
Paape, D. & Zimmermann, M.Conditionals on crutches: Expanding the modal horizon.2020M. Franke, N. Kompa, M. Liu, J. L. Mueller, & J. Schwab (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 24 (Vol. 2, pp. 108-126). Osnabrück University. *LinkPaper Data Peer-Reviewed
Philipp, M. & Zimmermann, M.Empirical investigations on quantifier scope ambiguities in German.2020M. Franke, N. Kompa, M. Liu, J. L. Mueller, & J. Schwab (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 24 (Vol. 2, pp. 145-164). Osnabrück University. *LinkPaper Data Peer-Reviewed
Renans, A. & De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P.Experimental Studies on it-Clefts and Predicate Interpretation.2019Semantics and Pragmatics, 12(Article 11), 1-50.LinkPaper Data CodePeer-Reviewed
Destruel, E. & De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P.(Non-)Exhaustivity in French c’est-Clefts.2019C. Pinon (ed.), Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 12 (pp. 91–120). Paris: CSSP.Paper Data CodePeer-Reviewed
De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P. Cleft exhaustivity: A unified approach to inter-speaker and cross-linguistic variability. 2020Dr. phil. Dissertation, University of Potsdam, Potsdam: Universitätsverlag.LinkPaper Data Other
Paape, D. & Zimmermann, M. Conditionals on crutches: Expanding the modal horizon.2020PsyArXiv Preprints. LinkOther
Destruel, E. & De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P.On the interpretation and processing of exhaustivity: Evidence of variation in English and French clefts.2018Journal of Pragmatics, 138(December 2018), 1-16.LinkSFB-Related
Paape, D.Antecedent complexity effects on ellipsis processing.2018Dr. phil. Dissertation, University of Potsdam, Potsdam: Universitätsverlag.Paper SFB-Related
Zimmermann, M., De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P., Tönnis, S. & Onea, E.(Non-)exhaustivity in focus partitioning across languages.2020V. Hegedűs & I. Vogel (Eds.), Approaches to Hungarian (Vol. 16: Papers from the 2017 Budapest Conference, pp. 208-230 ). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.SFB-Related
Bombi, C. & De Veaugh-Geiss, J.Quantitative data in the field: Two case studies on Akan.2018Poster presented at the Linguistic Evidence 2018 - Experimental data drives linguistic theory, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. 15 February.Paper Data Talk or Presentation
De Veaugh-Geiss, J. & Destruel, E.(Non-)Exhaustivity in French c'est Clefts.2017Paper presented at the Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique à Paris (CSSP), Paris, France. 25 November.Talk or Presentation
De Veaugh-Geiss, J. & Philipp, M.Fictional contexts for shifting (i) perspectives and (ii) evaluation worlds: Two case studies.2018Invited talk at the Workshop on ''Reflections on Methodology: Empiricism and Fiction'', Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. 12 October.Data Talk or Presentation
Paape, D. & Zimmermann, M.Conditionals on crutches: Expanding the modal horizon.2019Poster presented at the Sinn und Bedeutung 24, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany. 04 - 06 September.Talk or Presentation
Philipp, M.Cross-linguistic Investigations on Quantifier Scope Ambiguities - Experiments on German and English.2020Poster presented at the Linguistic Evidence 2020, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany. 13 - 15 February.Paper Talk or Presentation
Zimmermann, M. & Philipp, M.Empirical Investigations on Quantifier Scope Ambiguities in German.2019Paper presented at the Sinn und Bedeutung 24, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany. 04-06 September.Paper Talk or Presentation
De Veaugh-Geiss, J. P.nà-Cleft (non-)exhaustivity: Variability in Akan.2021Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 6(1), 1-41.LinkPaper Peer-Reviewed

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