Sluicing in Japanese and Logical Form

by Taisuke Nishigauchi

This paper discusses an elliptical process called Sluicing in Japanese and English, and its theoretical consequences for syntax and logical structure. Assuming the analytical framework of Chung, Ladusaw and McCloskey (1995) (CLM) with some adaptations, we discuss a number of problems related with quantifier scope, the interpretation of indefinite NPs, and the `functional' nature of wh phrases, which are observed in constructions involving Sluicing. It will be shown that the constraint on the scope relation involved in Sluicing, as proposed by CLM, is in conformity with the mapping relation between syntax and logical structure in the sense of Diesing (1992). Further, the analysis making crucial reference to the functional nature of wh phrases is shown to be effective for cases of Sluicing related with multiple wh constructions in Japanese.

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