Different determiners, different algorithms: Two majority quantifiers in Cantonese bias distinct verification strategies

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Lidz et al. (2011) propose that meanings provide canonical verification strategies and argue for specifying most in terms of cardinality and subtraction. We provide cross-linguistic support for these hypotheses by testing two Cantonese determiners: daai-do-sou, which has a proportional meaning like most, and zeoi-do, which has a “largest subset” meaning. When asked to evaluate statements with resp...

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