The so-called person restriction of internal state predicates in Japanese in contrast with Thai

Satoshi Uehara, Kingkarn Thepkanjana

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Abstract

Internal state predicates or ISPs refer to internal states of sentient beings, such as emotions, sensations and thought processes. Japanese ISPs with zero pronouns exhibit the "person restriction" in that the zero form of their subjects must be first person at the utterance time. This paper examines the person restriction of ISPs in Japanese in contrast with those in Thai, which is a zero pronominal language like Japanese. It is found that the person restriction is applicable to Japanese ISPs but not to Thai ones. This paper argues that the person restriction is not adequate to account for Japanese and Thai ISPs. We propose a new constraint to account for this phenomenon, i.e., the Experiencer-Conceptualizer Identity (ECI) Constraint, which states that "The experiencer of the situation/event must be identical with the conceptualizer of that situation/event." It is argued that both languages conventionalize the ECI constraint in ISP expressions but differ in how the ECI constraint is conventionalized.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014
EditorsPrachya Boonkwan, Wirote Aroonmanakun, Thepchai Supnithi
PublisherFaculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University
Pages120-128
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9786165518871
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014 - Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 2014 Dec 122014 Dec 14

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014

Other

Other28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014
CountryThailand
CityPhuket
Period14/12/1214/12/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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