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Quantification, Restrictor Weight, and Contrast in Sentence Processing

Russell, Kathryn Courtney (2005) Quantification, Restrictor Weight, and Contrast in Sentence Processing. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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A recent focus of study has been the impact of quantification on sentence processing. Developing from work comparing sentences with quantified NPs and referential NPs (Warren & Gibson, 2002) and work looking at quantifier restrictor weight (Warren, 2003), the current self-paced reading studies address issues of quantifier restrictor weight and quantifier type in regards to contrast set building requirements. Experiment 1 replicates previous findings showing semantically light QNPs to be easier to process than contentful ones (Warren, 2003), and suggests that the quantifier every does not require contrast set building. Experiment 2 replicates the finding for every, contrasting it with a quantifier known to require contrasts (only), and provides information about negative quantifier use as well.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Russell, Kathryn Courtneykcr9@pitt.eduKCR9
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWarren, Tessatessa@pitt.eduTESSA
Committee MemberPerfetti, Charlesperfetti@pitt.eduPERFETTI
Committee MemberCurtin, Suzannescurtin@pitt.eduSCURTIN
Date: 3 February 2005
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 December 2004
Approval Date: 3 February 2005
Submission Date: 9 December 2004
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: quantifiers; set-building
Other ID:, etd-12092004-152727
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:54


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