HPSG Analysis of Topicalization and Contrastivization

by HASHIMOTO Chikara


Constructions exhibiting unbounded dependency, such as topicalization and relativization, have often been analyzed as containing syntactic a gap. This paper shows that adopting Shirai and Gunji (1998) proposal on relativization, it is possible to analyze topicalization and contrastivization in Japanese without syntactic gaps. In addition, the analysis presented in this paper is able to account for the following differences between the two constructions: My assumptions and proposals are as follows:

 
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