Note on Japanese Epistemic Verb Constructions: A Surface-Compositional Analysis

Akira Ohtani, Mark Steedman

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This paper offers a new analysis of the raising to object construction in Japanese.
This has been extensively discussed following Kuno (1976) for the case where the matrix predicate is an epistemic verb. Under CCG analysis an o-marked phrase is a surface-compositional object rather than a raised argument. This new approach correctly predicts the thetic and categorical judgments of epistemic verb constructions, which have hitherto only been accounted for by the studies which emphasize only the syntactic aspects of the construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 23, Hong Kong, China, December 3-5, 2009
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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