Processing of information structure and floating quantifiers in Japanese

Kei Yoshimoto, Masahiro Kobayashi, Hiroaki Nakamura, Yoshiki Mori

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Floating quantifiers (FQs) in Japanese have mainly been discussed from the perspective of syntax, which leaves some essential context-dependent aspects of the phenomena unexplained. In this paper, we approach the issue by formalizing the incremental processing of information structure in Japanese sentences by Minimal Recursion Semantics and Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. The long-standing problem of asymmetry between the subject and object in terms of the quantification by a non-adjacent FQ is resolved by a self-contradictory CONTEXT specification which is obtained by expanding the MRS formalism using the information packaging theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - Joint JSAI 2005 Workshop Post-Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)3540354700, 9783540354703
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint JSAI 2005 Workshop on New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - Kitakyushu City, Japan
Duration: 2005 Jun 132005 Jun 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4012 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherJoint JSAI 2005 Workshop on New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence
CityKitakyushu City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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