The Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics
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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 18, No. 4, pp.535-555
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2018
Received 15 Nov 2018 Revised 10 Dec 2018 Accepted 16 Dec 2018

한국인 영어 학습자의 중립적 상황에서의 수량 양화사를 포함한 영어 부정문의 선호 의미에 관한 연구

김소영 ; 곽혜영**
교수, 글로벌문화콘텐츠 학부, 동명대학교, 부산광역시, 남구 신선로 428
교수, 영미학 전공, 글로벌비즈니스대학, 고려대학교 세종캠퍼스, 세종특별자치시, 세종로 2511
Study on Korean EFL learners’ interpretive preferences in the comprehension of English sentences containing numeral quantifiers and negation in a neutral context
Kim, Soyoung ; Hye-Young Kwak**
Professor, Div. of Global Cultural Contents, Tongmyong University, Busan 48520, Sinseon-ro 428, Nam-gu
Professor, English Studies Major, College of Global Business, Korea Univ. Sejong Campus, Sejong 30019, Sejong-ro 2511

Correspondence to: 교수, 영미학 전공, 글로벌비즈니스대학, 고려대학교 세종캠퍼스, 세종특별자치시, 세종로 2511, Tel: 044) 860-1237 E-mail:


Kim, Soyoung and Hye-Young Kwak. 2018. Study on Korean EFL learners’ interpretive preferences in the comprehension of English sentences containing numeral quantifiers and negation in a neutral context. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 18-4, 535-555. This study investigates the default/preferred meanings Korean EFL learners assign to ambiguous English sentences containing numeral quantifiers and negation (e.g., Mary didn’t light two candles in the kitchen) in a neutral context. Ambiguous sentences are claimed to render two interpretations: the quantifier wide scope and the negation wide scope. Forty-five EFL learners and eight English native speakers participated in the study which employed a written Truth Value Judgment Task, where participants judged whether a statement with a numeral quantifier and negation correctly described a given neutral context story. Unlike previous studies, the context stories were constructed so that one interpretation was not favored over the other by the events described in the stories. When comprehending the target sentences, participants accepted the quantifier wide scope interpretation as the default meaning more frequently. The results are discussed with a focus on syntactic and language processing factors.


numeral quantifier, negation, scope ambiguity, neutral context, default meaning, second language comprehension


본 논문은 2018년도 고려대학교 글로벌비즈니스대학 교내지원연구비에 의해 연구되었음.


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