A Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Japanese Benefactives: The Case of the Yaru-Construction

Akira Ohtani, Mark Steedman

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Abstract

his paper discusses the semantic and pragmatic properties of Japanese benefactives with the main focus on the yaru-construction. The benefactive sentence is judged to be acceptable if the transitive verb complement falls into a certain semantic class in which the meaning of transfer of possession is expressed. Hence, the distribution of the recipient role rather than the beneficiary role is crucial for determining the acceptability of the construction. To capture such a multi-dimensional linguistic information, HPSG account will be given.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 24, Tohoku University, Japan, 4-7 November 2010
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages503-510
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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