Processing of Information Structure and Floating Quantifiers in Japanese

  • Kei Yoshimoto
  • Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Hiroaki Nakamura
  • Yoshiki Mori
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4012)


Floating quantifiers (FQs) in Japanese have mainly been discussed from the perspective of syntax, which leaves some essential context-dependent aspects of the phenomena unexplained. In this paper, we approach the issue by formalizing the incremental processing of information structure in Japanese sentences by Minimal Recursion Semantics and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar . The long-standing problem of asymmetry between the subject and object in terms of the quantification by a non-adjacent FQ is resolved by a self-contradictory context specification which is obtained by expanding the MRS formalism using the information packaging theory.


Sentence Processing Unaccusative Verb Japanese Sentence Japan Coast Guard Cancellation Rule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kei Yoshimoto
    • 1
  • Masahiro Kobayashi
    • 2
  • Hiroaki Nakamura
    • 3
  • Yoshiki Mori
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of International Cultural StudiesTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan
  2. 2.University Education CenterTottori UniversityTottoriJapan
  3. 3.Department of General SubjectsJapan Coast Guard AcademyHiroshimaJapan
  4. 4.Institute of Linguistics and LiteratureTsukuba UniversityTsukubaJapan

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