On the Meaning of Japanese Yo

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


This paper considers the semantics and pragmatics of the Japanese particle yo. I argue that the meaning of yo is underspecified between a modal meaning and a ‘strong assertion’. In addition, yo is associated with a presupposition for new information and a modal statement about hearer beliefs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric McCready
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  1. 1.Department of Language and Information ScienceOsaka University 

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