Towards establishing a hierarchy in the Japanese sentence structure

Kei Yoshimoto, Chidori Nakamura, Alastair Butler

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Abstract

The Minami Hierarchy or the four-layers of embeddings within Japanese sentences has been known to give a convincing account of heterogeneous linguistic data in Japanese Grammar. However, the categorization of sentence constituents has faced serious problems. In this paper, we illustrate that the hierarchical sentential structure is on the whole tenable and attempt to represent it with Phrase Structure Grammar rules. The result is a realization of surface syntactic structure information that can serve as input to Scope Control Theory, a routine of interpretation or semantic evaluation that requires the generalizations of Minami's hypothesis to hold true for evaluation to successfully complete.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACLIC 23 - Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
Pages875-882
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Event23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 23 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 2009 Dec 32009 Dec 5

Publication series

NamePACLIC 23 - Proceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation
Volume2

Other

Other23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 23
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period09/12/309/12/5

Keywords

  • Hierarchy
  • Japanese
  • Semantic evaluation
  • Sentence structure
  • Surface syntax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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