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By Chris Cummins

This ebook considers how expressions concerning quantity are utilized by audio system and understood through hearers. A speaker's number of expression could be a advanced challenge even in quite simple-looking domain names. in terms of numerical expressions, there are frequently many selections that may be semantically applicable: for example, if 'more than 2 hundred' is correct, then so is 'more than 199', 'more than 150', and 'more than 100', between others. A speaker doesn't make a choice from these
options arbitrarily but in addition doesn't continually keep on with any basic rule. The hearer is not only in what has been stated but additionally in any longer inferences that may be drawn.

Chris Cummins bargains a suite of standards that separately impact the speaker's selection of expression. the method of selecting what to claim is then taken care of as an issue of a number of constraint pride. This technique allows a number of varied issues, drawn from ideas of semantics, philosophy, psycholinguistics and the psychology of quantity, at the same time to be built-in inside a unmarried coherent account. This constraint-based version bargains novel predictions approximately utilization and
interpretation which are borne out experimentally and in corpus study. It additionally explains complicated facts in numerical quantification that experience formerly been dealt with by way of extra stipulative skill, and provides a possible line of assault for addressing the matter of the speaker's selection in additional general
linguistic environments.

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