Genericity is easy? Formal and experimental perspectives

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Napoleon Katsos, Linnaea Stockall

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In this paper, we compare the formal semantics approach to genericity, within which genericity is viewed as a species of quantification, and a growing body of experimental and developmental work on the topic, mainly by psychologists rather than linguists, proposing that genericity is categorically different from (and significantly simpler than) quantification. We argue that this generics-as-default hypothesis is much less well supported by evidence than its supporters contend, and that a research program combining theoretical and experimental research methods and considerations in the same studies is required to make progress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-494
Number of pages25
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

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