Multiply quantified internally headed relative clause in Japanese: A skolem term based approach

Rui Otake, Kei Yoshimoto

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Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of Internally Headed Relative Clause (IHRC) construction in Japanese within the framework of Combinatory Categorial Grammar (Steedman 2000). Shimoyama (1999) argues that when an IHRC appears within the scope of a universal quantifier, the interpretation of the IHRC exemplifies E-type anaphora and that the LF representation of the IHRC should have a variable bound by the quantifier in the matrix clause. To accommodate this argument Shimoyama posits a free variable of functional type to which the bound variable is applied, and whose denotation is determined by the context-dependent assignment function. However since there is no limit to the number of quantifiers in the matrix clause (and accordingly that of bound variables in the IHRC), the semantic type of the free variable would be highly ambiguous if the IHRC occurs within the scope of multiple quantifiers. The current analysis assumes that the interpretation of IHRCs exhibits an instance of generalized Skolem term (Steedman 1999, 2004), a term whose denotation varies with the value of bound variables introduced by scope-taking operators, but which is interpreted as a constant in the absence of such operators. This paper provides a straightforward account for the semantics of the construction without invoking the complexities of the type ambiguity of free variables.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event19th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 19 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2005 Dec 12005 Dec 3

Other

Other19th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 19
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period05/12/105/12/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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