Locality and Information Structure: A cartographic approach to Japanese (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 116)
By: Yoshio Endo (author)Hardback
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This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed are investigated from a broader comparative perspective. Unlike previous works on Japanese generative syntax, this book is based partially on informant surveys, including the distribution of adverbials and the categorical status of nominative-Case-marked adverbials, as well as an exhaustive survey of ditransitive predicates in terms of word formation and idioms in Koujien, one of the most comprehensive Japanese dictionaries. A systematic syntactic study of the nature of clause-final particles in Japanese, an area previously only explored in the framework of discourse analysis, is also presented. It is shown that the EPP may be satisfied by such discourse-related elements as topic and focus and by these sentence final particles.
1. Preface; 2. List of abbreviations; 3. Chapter 1: Introduction; 4. Chapter 2: Evolution of relativized minimality; 5. Chapter 3: Topic and quantifier-induced blocking effects; 6. Chapter 4: Are topics special?; 7. Chapter 5: Focus and case; 8. Chapter 6: Focus and nominative adverbials; 9. Chapter 7: Ditransitives; 10. Chapter 8: On the nature of the subject position; 11. Chapter 9: Informant surveys; 12. Chapter 10: Concluding remarks; 13. References; 14. Subject index
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