On the Scalar Nature of Arabic Diminutives

The Case of the fuʿayl Template

Olga Kagan and Mostafa Qtit

and number. We propose that under all of its sub-meanings except for one, Arabic fuʿayl DIM receives scalar semantics. We put forward a unified analysis of this phenomenon, formulated within the framework of degree semantics. According to our approach, DIM consistently maps the argument of the


Scalar implicature (henceforth SI) is a notion developed in inferential pragmatics. Its derivation crucially relies on the existence of sets of linguistic units that form a special implicating relationship. Such a set consists of items forming an ordered set <e1, e2, … en>, in which the following

Emma Borg

, scalars Paul Grice’s distinction between what is said by a sentence and what is impli- cated by an utterance of that sentence is, of course, extremely familiar. It is also almost universally accepted. However, in recent literature, the precise account he off ered of implicature recovery has been questioned

Rachel Baker, Ryan Doran, Yaron McNabb, Meredith Larson and Gregory Ward

International Review of Pragmatics 1 (2009) 211–248 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI 10.1163/187730909X12538045489854 brill.nl/irp On the Non-Unifi ed Nature of Scalar Implicature: An Empirical Investigation Ryan Doran Northwestern University, USA r-doran@northwestern.edu Rachel E. Baker

David Goldstein

alone’ further develops into a scalar additive ‘not just.’ In line with work by Krifka (1995), Toosarvandani (2010a), and Israel (2011), among others, I locate the distributional properties of nēdum in its lexical semantics: nēdum creates a scalar model (Fillmore et al. 1988, Israel 2011), in

Haifa Alatawi

1 Introduction In the past two decades, experimental studies on implicature processing have focused predominantly on scalar implicature ( SI ), which requires sensitivity to Grice’s (1975, 1989) first (sub)-maxim of Quantity: “be as informative as required”. Most have used as a measure of

Robert Harnish and Merrill Garrett

Q-phenomena, Q-heuristic, I-phenomena, I-heuristic, scalars, Grice, Levinson, Experimental Pragmatics Introduction: Terminological Preliminaries Charles Morris introduced pragmatics as the study of the relation between signs and their users, a proposal so broad as to reach from philosophy through


Mira Grubic

raining.’ I argue that all of these uses of har(’i) are scalar and alternative-sensitive, but not all are additive. The paper is structured as follows: section 2 presents an introduction to focus and focus-sensitivity, including a proposal for a QUD account of even in English. Section 3 introduces

S.R. Slings

ce point aussi, ce sont les commentaires et les syntheses de M. Probonas qui devront nous permettre d'estimer son etude a sa juste valeur. Rijksuniversiteit GENT L. DE LANNOY DE NOVIS LIBRIS IUDICIA E.J. BAKKER, Linguistics and formulas in Homer. Scalarity and the description of the particle per