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

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Author(s)

  • Yurie Hara
  • Youngju Kim
  • Hiromu Sakai
  • Sanae Tamura

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-288
Journal / PublicationLingua
Volume133
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Abstract

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. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Research Area(s)

  • Causation, Event semantics, Kind, Maximality, Nominalization

Citation Format(s)

Projections of events and propositions in Japanese : A case study of Koto-nominalized clauses in causal relations. / Hara, Yurie; Kim, Youngju; Sakai, Hiromu; Tamura, Sanae.

In: Lingua, Vol. 133, 2013, p. 262-288.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal