Jeff and Masha on quantifier scope in Glossa
New in Glossa, The scope of children’s scope and Cross-linguistic scope ambiguity, by Jeffrey Lidz and Gregory Scontras, Maria Polinsky, C.-Y. Edwin Tsai and Kenneth Mai, respectively. Jeff's paper reviews some developmental psycholinguistic literature on quantifier scope, and shows that scope has served as a valuable probe into children’s grammatical representations, the nature of children’s on-line understanding mechanisms, and the role that experience plays in language acquisition. Masha's paper presents evidence that English-dominant adult heritage speakers of Mandarin, like native speakers, lack inverse scope in Mandarin, but also lack it in English, unlike most other native speakers of English. It interprets these results as evidence for the pressure to simplify the grammar of scope, decreasing ambiguity when possible.