Most, but not more than half, is proportion-dependent and sensitive to individual differences

Sonia Ramotowska*, Shane Steinert-Threlkeld, Leendert van Maanen, Jakub Szymanik

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In this study we test individual differences in the meaning representations of two natural language quantifiers – most and more than half – in a novel, purely linguistic task. We operationalized differences in meaning representations as differences in individual thresholds which were estimated using logistic regression. We show that the representation ofmost varies across subjects and its verification depends on proportion. Moreover, the choice of the representation of most affects the verification process. These effects are not present for more than half. The study demonstrates the cognitive differences between most and more than half and individual variation in meaning representations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung
PublisherUniversity of Osnabrück/University of Berlin
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • generalized quantifiers
  • most
  • more than half
  • individual thresholds
  • meaning representations
  • verification strategies


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