Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 33–76

On the temporal interpretation of Japanese temporal clause


DOI: 10.1007/s10831-011-9070-7

Cite this article as:
Kaufmann, S. & Miyachi, M. J East Asian Linguist (2011) 20: 33. doi:10.1007/s10831-011-9070-7


The interpretation of Japanese temporal clauses depends on an intricate interplay between a number of factors including, in addition to the temporal connective, the tense and aspectual properties of the embedded clause as well as the matrix clause. This paper presents a detailed survey of these interactions and a model-theoretic compositional analysis which improves significantly over previous proposals in terms of attention to empirical detail and internal simplicity.


Semantics Japanese Tense Aspect Temporal clauses 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of East Asian Languages and CivilizationsUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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