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Plural priming revisited: inverse preference and spillover effects

Jiang, Yizhen; Shen, Yihang; Marty, Paul; Ren, Rebecca S; Breheny, Richard; Sudo, Yasutada; (2022) Plural priming revisited: inverse preference and spillover effects. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Amsterdam Colloquium 2022. (pp. pp. 152-158). The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam Green open access

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Abstract

Maldonado & Chemla & Spector (2017) observe that the distributive interpretation of sentences involving multiple plural expressions gives rise to stronger priming effects than their cumulative interpretation, and propose to interpret this observation in terms of structural priming involving the phonologically silent distributivity operator. We report on a new experiment that included an additional baseline condition, whose results reveal that (i) the observed priming effects are inverse preference effects in that only the less dominant reading in the baseline condition gives rise to sizable priming effects, and (ii) both distributive and cumulative interpretations can have priming effects, depending on speakers’ baseline preferences. We argue that these findings undermine Maldonado et al.’s claim that their results offer empirical evidence in support of the existence of a silent distributivity operator in syntax.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Plural priming revisited: inverse preference and spillover effects
Event: 23rd Amsterdam Colloquium 2022
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://events.illc.uva.nl/AC/AC2022/Proceedings/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: plurality, distributivity, priming, inverse preference, spillover effects
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180132
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