Set size and reference

Project: Research

Project Details


In this project, we investigate the role that set size plays in anaphoric reference to quantified expressions in Swedish. Quantifiers such as a few and almost all differ in how large proportions of a set they pick out. A few apples picks out a small proportion and almost all apples picks out a large proportion of the apples. We call the set, in this case the apples, they pick out the reference set.

We look at how the different sizes of the reference sets influence the processing of the quantified expression and an anaphoric reference made to it, as in the sentence: A few/almost all students went to the party and they enjoyed it.

The study comprises a large scale estimation study of the size of quantifying expressions, an offline semantic acceptability study, and an online ERP experiment.
Effective start/end date2018/12/062019/12/31

Collaborative partners


  • Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare

UKÄ subject classification

  • Specific Languages