The Question–Answer Requirement for scope assignment

Natural Language Semantics 16 (3):205-237 (2008)

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This paper focuses on children’s interpretation of sentences containing negation and a quantifier (e.g., The detective didn’t find some guys). Recent studies suggest that, although children are capable of accessing inverse scope interpretations of such sentences, they resort to surface scope to a larger extent than adults. To account for children’s behavioral pattern, we propose a new factor at play in Truth Value Judgment tasks: the Question–Answer Requirement (QAR). According to the QAR, children (and adults) must interpret the target sentence that they evaluate as an answer to a question that is made salient by the discourse
Keywords Language acquisition  Negation  Scope ambiguities  Ambiguity resolution
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DOI 10.1007/s11050-008-9029-z
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