Projections of events and propositions in Japanese: A case study of Koto-nominalized clauses in causal relations

Yurie Hara, Youngju Kim, Hiromu Sakai, Sanae Tamura

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This paper proposes a syntax and semantics of nominalized clauses headed by koto in Japanese. We argue that the koto-nominalized clause can denote either a concrete event or an abstract proposition. Koto serves as a maximality operator for clauses as well as NPs. The sentential koto is syntactically ambiguous depending on the structure with which koto merges. Finally, our analysis also has a strong implication for the linguistic distinction between physical causation and causal judgment.

元の言語English
ページ(範囲)262-288
ページ数27
ジャーナルLingua
133
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出版物ステータスPublished - 2013 7 2

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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