Head-Internal Relative Clauses in Japanese and
the Interpretation of Indefinite NPs
by Taisuke Nishigauchi
In this paper I consider syntactic and semantic properties of
head-internal relative clauses (HIRC) in Japanese.
I argue that the properties of HIRCs in Japanese can be shown to
follow from the following two proposals:
The first of these, which makes reference to an E-type pronoun,
captures a substantial part of the restrictions on the relation of the
HIRC to the rest of the sentence. The second, on the other hand,
explains the properties internal to the HIRC.
- The semantic content of the HIRC induces E-type pronouns in
the sense of Evans (1980).
- The semantic content of an HIRC constitutes a thetic judgment,
as against the categorical judgment, in the sense of Frantz
Brentano. Cf. Kuroda (1972, 1992), Ladusaw (1994),
Basilico(1998, 2003), etc.
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