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Experimental entailments: The case of spatial prepositions
Stockholms universitet, Engelska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-3576
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 13, no 3, 112-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper we present an experimental study on native speakers’ access to lexicalrelations among spatial relations. Our main focus is a still poorly understood domain: thelexical relations that hold between (pairs of) directional spatial prepositions (from, to) andlocative prepositions (at). Two broad families of proposals exist in the literature. Onefamily suggests that the members of these two classes of prepositions are connected viathe entailment relation. Another family suggests that the overlap relation connectsdirectional and locative prepositions. These two proposals differ with respect to thepredictions they make on how speakers can accept and logically connect sentences thatinclude such pairs of prepositions. We offer an experimental study, based on a variant ofthe Truth-Value Judgment Task, which aims to adjudicate which family of proposalsmakes the correct predictions. Then, we discuss the theoretical import of the results.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 3, 112-138 p.
Keyword [en]
Spatial Prepositions; Entailment; Experimental Semantics; Lexical relations; Truth Value Judgement Task
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Linguistics; Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31524OAI: diva2:955876
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