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Author Matsumoto, Yo, 1960-

Title Complex predicates in Japanese : a syntactic and semantic study of the notion 'word' / Yo Matsumoto.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Center for the Study of Language and Information ; Tokyo : Kurosio Publishers, [1996]


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 UniM Bail  495.65 MATS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in Japanese linguistics
Studies in Japanese linguistics.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-338) and index.
Summary In this thoroughly revised version of his 1992 Stanford dissertation, Yo Matsumoto presents an extensive discussion of Japanese complex predicates. A broad range of constructions and predicates are discussed, including predicative complement constructions, light verbs, causative predicates, desiderative predicates, syntactic and lexical compound verbs, and complex motion predicates. A number of new interesting facts are uncovered, and a detailed syntactic and semantic analyses are presented. On the basis of the analyses, Matsumoto argues that the notion 'word' must be relativized to at least three different senses: morphological, grammatical (functional), and semantic; and that this observation can be insightfully captured in the theory of Lexical-Functional Grammar. Previous proposals for each type of predicate that involve such mechanisms as argument transfer, incorporation, restructuring, etc. are thoroughly reviewed.
Concrete proposals on the constraints on semantic wordhood are also made (an issue rarely discussed in the literature), drawing insights from cognitive linguistics.
Subject Japanese language -- Verb phrase.
Japanese language -- Syntax.
Japanese language -- Semantics.
Word (Linguistics)
ISBN 1575860600 (paperback: alk. paper)
1575860619 (alk. paper)