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:
  1. The semantic content of the HIRC induces E-type pronouns in the sense of Evans (1980).
  2. 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.
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.

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