Semantic and pragmatic competence in children's and adults' comprehension of 'or'

Gennaro Chierchia, Maria Teresa Guasti, Andrea Gualmini, Luisa Meroni, Stephen Crain, Francesca Foppolo

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Abstract

In this article, our goal is twofold. First, we would like to present a model, the Semantic Core Model, that challenges a way of interpreting Grice's proposal that has come to be dominant in the field. According to the dominant view, one first retrieves the semantics of a whole root sentence and then processes the implicatures associated with it (in a strictly modular way). The Semantic Core Model proposes, instead, that semantic and pragmatic processing takes place in tandem. Implicatures are factored in recursively, in parallel with truth conditions. Our second goal is to present experimental evidence from adults and children that is consistent with this new model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental pragmatics
EditorsIra A. Noveck, Dan Sperber
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages283-300
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)1403903506
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NamePalgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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    Chierchia, G., Guasti, M. T., Gualmini, A., Meroni, L., Crain, S., & Foppolo, F. (2004). Semantic and pragmatic competence in children's and adults' comprehension of 'or'. In I. A. Noveck, & D. Sperber (Eds.), Experimental pragmatics (pp. 283-300). (Palgrave studies in pragmatics, language and cognition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.