Quantifiers in NGT: A Corpus Study
Felicia Bisnath
(University of Amsterdam)
Saturday (April 22nd), 14:15-15:15 (Poster presentation round)
Lipsius Hall

This study investigates quantifier position in NGT from a corpus perspective and is the first of its kind. The research question to be addressed is: What does a corpus investigation reveal about the predominant position of quantifiers relative to their head nouns in NGT? A previous study on quantifier position in NGT (Brunelli 2011) found that the most common order was prenominal. This study was based on the intuitions of 3 signers. It is important that phenomena be investigated from multiple perspectives since different methodologies can produce polarising data. For instance, quantifier position was found to be postnominal in LIS in studies using elicited data (Bertone 2007, 2009; Branchini 2007; Brunelli 2011; Cecchetto et al. 2009). However, Mantovan (2015) found that the most common order was prenominal using corpus data. In this study instances of D-quantification (n=37) were collected from 18 signers from Amsterdam and Groningen (9 each) from the Corpus NGT (Crasborn et al. 2008). The quantifiers studied were ALLES, MEER, VEEL, and WEINIG. The dominant order was found to be prenominal, which agrees with Brunelli (2011); however within WEINIG, 2 other word orders were found — N-Q and Q-N-Q. The study sample was quite small, but within it 2 additional word orders which did not occur in Brunelli (2011) were found. This highlights the importance of verifying elicited data against the more naturalistic data found in corpora.