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Japanese Syntax and Semantics : Collected Papers - S.-Y. Kuroda

Japanese Syntax and Semantics

Collected Papers


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1. Two main themes connect the papers on Japanese syntax collected in this volume: movements of noun phrases and case marking, although each in turn relates to other issues in syntax and semantics. These two themes can be traced back to my 1965 MIT dissertation. The problem of the so-called topic marker wa is a perennial problem in Japanese linguistics. I devoted Chapter 2 of my dissertation to the problem of wa. My primary concern there was transformational genera­ tive syntax. I was interested in the light that Chomsky'S new theory could shed on the understanding of Japanese sentence structure. I generalized the problem of deriving wa-phrases to the problem of deriving phrases accompanied by the quantifier-like particles mo, demo, sae as well as wa. These particles, mo, demo and sae may roughly be equated with a/so, or something like it and even, respectively, and are grouped together with wa under the name of huku-zyosi as a subcategory of particles in Kokugogaku, Japanese scholarship on Japanese grammar. This taxonomy itself is a straightforward consequence of distributional analysis, and does not require the mechanisms of transformational grammar. My transformational analysis of wa, and by extension, that of the other huku­ zyosi, consisted in formally relating the function of the post-nominal use of wa to that of the post-predicative use by means of what I called an attachment transformation.

`Japanese syntax is one of the most exciting research areas in modern linguistics, thanks in large part to the stimulation that the field has received from the work of Yuki Kuroda. The papers collected in this volume are a generous selection from 25 years of the most penetrating scrutiny that the Japanese language has ever received.' James D. McCawley, University of Chicago

Introductionp. 1
Judgment Forms and Sentence Formsp. 13
Remarks on the Notion of Subject with Reference to Words Like also, even, and onlyp. 78
Pivot-Independent Relativization in Japanesep. 114
A Remark on Certain Constructions with the Word naka in Japanesep. 175
On Japanese Passivesp. 183
Case-Marking, Canonical Sentence Patterns, and Counter Equi in Japanese (A Preliminary Survey)p. 222
What Can Japanese Say About Government and Binding?p. 240
Movement of Noun Phrases in Japanesep. 253
What Happened After the Movement of NPs in La Jolla?p. 293
Whether We Agree Or Not: A Comparative Syntax of English and Japanesep. 315
Referencesp. 358
Index of Proper Namesp. 367
Index of Termsp. 369
Index of Wordsp. 372
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ISBN: 9780792313908
ISBN-10: 0792313909
Series: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 29th February 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.72