A Note on some Neuroimaging Study of Natural Language Quantifiers Comprehension

Neuropsychologia 45 (9):2158-2160 (2007)

Jakub Szymanik
University of Amsterdam
We discuss McMillan et al. (2005) paper devoted to study brain activity during comprehension of sentences with generalized quantifiers. According to the authors their results verify a particular computational model of natural language quantifier comprehension posited by several linguists and logicians (e. g. see van Benthem, 1986). We challenge this statement by invoking the computational difference between first-order quantifiers and divisibility quantifiers (e. g. see Mostowski, 1998). Moreover, we suggest other studies on quantifier comprehension, which can throw more light on the role of working memory in processing quantifiers
Keywords generalized quantifiers  automata
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