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2021-06-11Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/22977
The role of alternatives in language
dc.contributor.authorRepp, Sophie
dc.contributor.authorSpalek, Katharina
dc.date.accessioned2021-06-15T08:58:19Z
dc.date.available2021-06-15T08:58:19Z
dc.date.issued2021-06-11none
dc.identifier.other10.3389/fcomm.2021.682009
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/23639
dc.description.abstractIn this review we provide a discussion of the concept of alternatives and its role in linguistic and psycholinguistic theorizing in the context of the contributions that have appeared in the Frontiers Research Topic The Role of Alternatives in Language. We are discussing the linguistic phenomena for which alternatives have been argued to play a paramount role: negation, counterfactual sentences, scalar implicatures and exhaustivity, focus, contrastive topics, and sentences with bare plurals and with definite plurals. We review in how far alternatives are relevant for these phenomena and how this relevance has been captured by theoretical linguistic accounts. Regarding processing, we discuss the mental activation of alternatives: its mandatory vs. optional nature, its time course. We also address the methodological issue of how experimental studies operationalize alternatives. Finally, we explore the phenomenon of individual variation, which increasingly attracts attention in linguistics. In sum, this review gives an inclusive and broad discussion of alternatives by bringing together different research strands whose findings and theoretical proposals can advance our knowledge of alternatives in inspiring cross-fertilization.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.relationinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/677742/EU/FocusAlternativesInTheHumanMindRetrievalRepresentationAndRecall/FAHMRRRnone
dc.rights(CC BY 4.0) Attribution 4.0 Internationalger
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectalternativeseng
dc.subjectnegationeng
dc.subjectcounterfactualeng
dc.subjectfocuseng
dc.subjectscalar implicatureeng
dc.subjecthomogeneityeng
dc.subjectindividual variationeng
dc.subjectalternative activationeng
dc.subject.ddc410 Linguistiknone
dc.titleThe role of alternatives in languagenone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/23639-2
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/22977
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
local.edoc.container-titleFrontiers in Communicationnone
local.edoc.pages18none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.institutionSprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultätnone
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
local.edoc.container-type-nameZeitschrift
local.edoc.container-publisher-nameFrontiers Medianone
local.edoc.container-publisher-placeLausannenone
local.edoc.container-volume6none
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
local.edoc.container-articlenumber682009none
local.edoc.openaire-rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessnone
dc.identifier.eissn2297-900X

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