Morphologically Complex Predicates in Japanese and What They Tell Us About Grammar Architecture
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Linguistics
Citation:Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 56 (2001), 1-52.
In this paper we take a fresh look at an old problem, the syntax and semantics of Japanese causatives. We demonstrate some seldom-noted similarities causatives bear to other Japanese morphologically complex predicates and argue why these similarities are important. Following a survey and critique of past analyses, we conclude that the principle of compositionality is at the root of the deficiencies of these analyses. We thus propose a modified, slightly non-compositional version of Manning et al.’s (1999) analysis, similar in spirit to Minimal Recursion Semantics (Copestake et al. 1995, 1999). We conclude with some discussion of possible replacements for compositionality.
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