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Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
Many natural language quantifiers are classically associated with a stringent binary semantics, and similarly categorical pragmatic enrichments. But much experimental data shows that intuitions about appropriateness of use seem to be more fuzzy and more subtle, yet highly regular nonetheless. To account for these gradient typicality judgements, I sketch a new probabilistic model of Gricean speakers that incorporates a gradient notion of utterance alternatives. Focusing on scalar quantifierfatcat:wam7hlo7w5dprb2u6yab3wfbcu