An Information-Structural Analysis of the Readings for Nominal-Predicate Sentences in Japanese

  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4012)


Japanese nominal-predicate sentences show an interesting distribution of distinct types of readings. In the literature, the so-called “Mapping Hypothesis has been considered to be a right approach to the current. However, the nature of the relation between syntactic configurations and types of the readings in question is relational, not functional as is implied by the hypothesis. In light of this, we will propose a constraint-based alternative analysis in which a syntactic configuration can be associated with more than one semantic representation as long as they conform to independently motivated information-structural constraints.


Semantic Representation Semantic Framework Existential Closure Mapping Hypothesis Nuclear Scope 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katsuhiko Yabushita
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishNaruto University of EducationNarutoJapan

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