Head-Internal Relative Clauses and the Mapping Hypothesis
by Yuki Hayashi and Taisuke Nishigauchi
In this paper, we claim that existential implication
based on existential closure (Heim (1982)) plays a crucial role
in the syntax and semantics of constructions involving head-internal
relative clauses (HIRC).
By adopting Diesing (1992) Mapping Hypothesis, we assert that the
VP level is crucial: the internal head must be interpreted inside VP
at LF. By this hypothesis, we can explain some interesting
properties inside the HIRC, which have not been noticed in the
previous literature. Although we concentrate on Japanese examples,
this hypothesis may be applicable to other languages which include
the HIRC construction, as briefly mentioned in section 3.2.
In Part II of the present paper, we will discuss some specific
problems of negation in HIRC constructions, and explore its
relevance both in syntactic and semantic terms.
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