Plurality: Theoretical and Experimental Perspective

instructors: Agata Renans & Jacopo Romoli

Plurality is at the center of contemporary (formal) semantic and pragmatic investigations. In recent years, there has been more and more research focusing on plurality-related phenomena using experimental methods. In this course, you will be provided with an overview of the semantic and pragmatic theories of plurality and also with the novel experimental methodologies used to investigate various aspects of plurality in a cross-linguistic perspective. The aim of the course is to enable you to conduct your own (theoretical and experimental) research in this domain.


Day 1: Introduction to the phenomenon, theories and predictions

Day 2: Key results from studies with preschool children and adults

Day 3: Cross-linguistic challenge I: strict plural languages?

Day 4: Cross-linguistic challenge II: plural mass and nouns

Day 5: Cross-linguistic challenge III: richer number systems