Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502, Brandt, Patrick and Weiland-Breckle, Hanna (2018). Online Processing of "Real" and "Fake": The Cost of Being Too Strong. In: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure. Experimental Perspectives., 93 - 111. Cham: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-77790-0

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Abstract

Strengthening literal meanings of linguistic expressions appears central to communicative success. Weakening on the other hand would appear not to be viable given that literal meaning already grossly underdetermines reality, let alone possibility. We discuss productive weakening in fake-type adjectival modification and present evidence from event-related brain potentials that such weakening has neurophysiological consequences and is qualitatively different from other mechanisms of modification. Specifically, the processing of fake-type constructions (e.g., ä fake diamond\") evokes a Late Positivity as characteristic of certain types of referential shift or reconceptualization. We argue that fake-type composition involves an intermediate representation that is semantically contradictory and that the Late Positivity reflects an interface repair mechanism that redresses the contradiction. In contrast, composition involving reputedly over-informative real-type adjectives evokes no comparable processing costs.

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Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schumacher, Petra B.petra.schumacher@uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0003-0263-8502UNSPECIFIED
Brandt, PatrickUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weiland-Breckle, HannaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Editors:
EditorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Castroviejo, ElenaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McNally, LouiseUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weidman Sassoon, GalitUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376641
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77791-7_4
Title of Book: The Semantics of Gradability, Vagueness, and Scale Structure. Experimental Perspectives.
Series Name: The semantics of gradability, vagueness, and scale structure
Page Range: 93 - 111
Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-319-77790-0
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Zentrale Forschungseinrichtungen > Cologne Center of Language Sciences - Kölner Zentrum Sprachwissenschaften (CCLS)
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/37664

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