Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Japanese Syntax and Semantics

Collected Papers

Authors: Kuroda, S.-Y.

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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.

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`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

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kuroda, S.-Y.

    Pages 1-12

  • Judgment Forms and Sentence Forms

    Kuroda, S.-Y.

    Pages 13-77

  • Remarks on the Notion of Subject with Reference to Words Like also, even, and only

    Kuroda, S.-Y.

    Pages 78-113

  • Pivot-Independent Relativization in Japanese

    Kuroda, S.-Y.

    Pages 114-174

  • A Remark on Certain Constructions with the Word Naka in Japanese

    Kuroda, S.-Y.

    Pages 175-182

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Syntax and Semantics
Book Subtitle
Collected Papers
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
27
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
No sales rights in Japan
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2789-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2789-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1390-8
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 376
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