Inferring Covert Events in Logical Metonymies: a Probe Recognition Experiment


It has been widely acknowledged that the interpretation of logical metonymies involves the interpretation of covert events (begin the book -> reading / writing). Whether this implicit content is part of our lexicon or rather it comes from general pragmatic inference, it is currently subject of debate. We present results from a probe recognition experiment, providing evidence in support of the hypothesis that covert events in logical metonymy are retrieved from knowledge of typical events.

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