Journal of Chaohu University ›› 2020, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 134-139.doi: 10.12152/j.issn.1672-2868.2020.05.018

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The Syntax-Semantic Priming in the Scope of Chinese Quantifiers: Taking the Co-occurrence Sentence of the Universal Quantifier and the Existential Quantifier as an Example

HU Dong-yu,PENG Jia-fa   

  1. College of Liberal Arts, Anhui University
  • Received:2020-03-30 Online:2020-09-25 Published:2020-10-29

Abstract: The acceptability test finds that the wide scope interpretation of mou (which means some)is prominent in the co-occurrence sentence of mei (which means every) and mou; the narrow scope interpretation of yi (which means one) is prominent in the co-occurrence sentence of mei and yi, and the scope interpretation of the sentence of mei and yi is more partial. Semantic content and sentence pattern both have priming effects on the scope of the Chinese co-occurrence sentence of universal quantifiers and existential quantifiers, and the priming effect appears to inhibit the opposite interpretation. The comprehension mechanism of co-occurrence sentences of mei and yi reflects the relevant interpretation mechanism of Chinese quantifiers.

Key words: quantifier, scope, the priming effect, semantic content, sentence pattern

CLC Number: 

  • H04