The contrastive reading of Japanese -wa, and the role of information structure

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Title:
The contrastive reading of Japanese -wa, and the role of information structure
Author:
Deguchi, Masanori
Affiliation:
Western Washington University
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/104643
Abstract:
In this study, I investigate the distribution of the contrastive reading associated with the so-called Japanese topic marker –wa. The main goal is two-fold. First, I examine two previous approaches, which I call the “predicate-based approach,” and the “argument-based approach” respectively, and demonstrate that they are not sufficient to capture some empirical data. Second, based on the observation that wa-phrases in all-focus and subject-focus sentences induce the contrastive reading, I argue and demonstrate that the contrastive reading arises when wa-phrases are part of focus.
Type:
text; Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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dc.contributor.authorDeguchi, Masanorien_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-10T16:59:05Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-10T16:59:05Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/104643-
dc.description.abstractIn this study, I investigate the distribution of the contrastive reading associated with the so-called Japanese topic marker –wa. The main goal is two-fold. First, I examine two previous approaches, which I call the “predicate-based approach,” and the “argument-based approach” respectively, and demonstrate that they are not sufficient to capture some empirical data. Second, based on the observation that wa-phrases in all-focus and subject-focus sentences induce the contrastive reading, I argue and demonstrate that the contrastive reading arises when wa-phrases are part of focus.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleThe contrastive reading of Japanese -wa, and the role of information structureen_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentWestern Washington Universityen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papersen_US
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