Topic/Subject Coreference in the Hierarchy of Japanese Complex Sentences

  • Alastair Butler
  • Chidori Nakamura
  • Kei Yoshimoto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5447)


This paper addresses coreference of topicalized and untopicalized subjects in Japanese complex sentences which is known to depend on the type of subordinate clause head and topicalization of the matrix subject. We provide an account based on Scope Control Theory, a semantic theory using operator-variable dependencies, which explains the above-mentioned issue as part of regularities deriving from the hierarchical structure in Japanese sentences.


Predicate Logic Complex Sentence Matrix Clause Simple Sentence Subordinate Clause 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alastair Butler
    • 1
  • Chidori Nakamura
    • 2
  • Kei Yoshimoto
    • 3
  1. 1.Japan Society for the Promotion of ScienceTokyoJapan
  2. 2.International CenterIwate UniversityMoriokaJapan
  3. 3.Center for the Advancement of Higher EducationTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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