Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 1–19

Strategies for scope taking


DOI: 10.1007/s11050-014-9109-1

Cite this article as:
Brasoveanu, A. & Dotlačil, J. Nat Lang Semantics (2015) 23: 1. doi:10.1007/s11050-014-9109-1


This squib reports the results of two experimental studies, a binary choice and a self-paced reading study, that provide strong support for the hypothesis in Tunstall (PhD thesis, 1998) that the distinct scopal properties of each and every are at least to some extent the consequence of an event-differentiation requirement contributed by each (Tunstall herself conducted an experiment that did not reveal the predicted effect). However, we also show that the emerging picture is more complex than Tunstall suggests: English speakers seem to fall into at least three groups regarding the scopal properties of each and every.


Event differentiation Quantifier scope Experimental semantics Gaussian mixture models 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UC Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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