Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 33-76

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On the temporal interpretation of Japanese temporal clause

  • Stefan KaufmannAffiliated withDepartment of Linguistics, Northwestern University Email author 
  • , Misa MiyachiAffiliated withDepartment of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

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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