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Generics and Conceptualizations

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Authors
Yoon, YoungEun
Issue Date
2019-12-31
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.55 No.3, pp. 531-554
Keywords
genericsexceptionsmajority/normalcy/cognition-based viewscognitive conceptualizationsquasi-universal quantifier
Abstract
Generics have been studied vigorously over the past few decades, mostly by formal linguists and philosophers. As is well known, there are two representative formal approaches toward generics: majority-based and normalcy-based approaches.
Both approaches have been met with criticism but continue to undergo revisions.
In contrast, Leslie (2007a,2007b; 2008; 2012; 2017) proposes a cognition-based approach arguing against the majority- and normalcy-based approaches. She proposes that generics express our most primitive and fundamental generalizations and are non-quantificational. Thus, the main purpose of this paper is to propose genericity as a semantic, pragmatic, and even cognitive phenomenon, arguing that generics should be accounted for through cognitive conceptualizations. It will also be proposed that the generic operator is a quasi-universal quantifier, in contrast to both the formal and cognitive approaches. This position will be supported by experimental results.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/163098
DOI
https://doi.org/10.30961/lr.2019.55.3.531
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