On Japanese Desiderative Constructions

Akira Ohtani, Mark Steedman

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This paper describes desiderative constructions in Japanese with the main focus on ta(i)‘want’ desideratives. In spite of the morphological one-word status, desiderative constructions have been claimed to have a complex structure at some abstract level of representation. We claim that there are two types of desideratives, and that their predicates have different lexical representations within the framework of Combinatory Categorial Grammar. Building on the proposed analysis, we also discuss the difference between the two types of desideratives in terms of adverbial modification and passivizability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 22, Cebu City, Philippines, November 20-22, 2008
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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