Floating Quantifiers in Japanese as Adverbial Anaphora

Kei Yoshimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A surface-based analysis of so-called floating quantifiers (FQs) in Japanese is proposed based on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Minimal Recursion Semantics. We hypothesize that sentences with FQs, as other sentences, are processed incrementally from left to right and that an FQ has an independent semantic representation as NP that is anaphorically related to its antecedent. On these assumptions, we account for the asymmetry between the subject and object in terms of the quantification by a non-adjacent FQ. We also address a kind of FQ construction that has hitherto escaped the researchers’ attention, that with a whole-part relationship between the FQ and its host, and show that it is explained by the framework we bring forward.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Linguistics and Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Linguistics and Philosophy
ISSN (Print)0924-4662
ISSN (Electronic)2215-034X


  • Floating quantifier
  • Head-driven phrase structure grammar
  • Information structure
  • Japanese
  • Minimal recursion semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy


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