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What "some" means depends on the context. This study investigates listeners' interpretation of the scalar quantifier "some" as a pragmatic (some, but not all) or a literal (some and possibly all) meaning. We use a visual world paradigm to explore how this interpretation varies with the spoken manner of delivery of the utterance, in a social context where disfluency may signal speaker embarrassment due to a potential face-loss associated with the literal (some, and possibly all) meaning. We record listeners eye and mouse movements as well as their final object clicks on each trial.
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