This paper experimentally examines the behavior of English some indefinites, addressing the following research questions. (i) How do singular some indefinites behave with respect to scopal (non-)specificity? (ii) How do singular some indefinites pattern with respect to epistemic (non-)specificity? And (iii) Does stress (or lack thereof) on some influence the behavior of some indefinites with respect to epistemic and/or scopal (non-)specificity, and if so, how? The findings of two experimental studies with adult native English speakers indicate that some indefinites take long-distance scope more readily than a indefinites, and carry a condition of epistemic non-specificity; stress on some is related to both properties. These findings are discussed in light of different theories of indefinite interpretation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWeak Referentiality
EditorsAna Aguilar-Guevara, Bert Le Bruyn, Joost Zwarts
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789027269386
ISBN (Print)9789027257024
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameLinguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today
PublisherJohn Benjamins


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