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  1. paul, Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japanese: Nariyama

Message 1: Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japanese: Nariyama

Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 14:05:06 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japanese: Nariyama

Title: Ellipsis and Reference Tracking in Japanese
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 66

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Author: Shigeko Nariyama, The University of Melbourne / Nara Institute
 of Science and Technology

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114201, Pages: xvi, 400 pp., Price: USD 125.00

Comment: Hardback: ISBN: 9027230765, Pages: xvi, 400 pp., Price: EUR 125.00


In many East Asian languages, despite the prevalent occurrence of
implicit reference, reference management is largely achieved without
recourse to fam iliar agreement features. For this reason, recovering
ellipted reference ha s been a perplexing problem in the analysis of
these languages. This book elucidates the linguistic mechanisms for
ellipsis resolution in J apanese, mechanisms which involve complex
processes of inference that integ rate grammatical, sociolinguistic,
and discourse considerations with real w orld knowledge. These
processes are realised in an integrated algorithm, th e validity of
which is tested against naturally-occurring written texts. This book
also builds connections between theoretical linguistics and pract ical
applications. The findings not only have theoretical implications for
identifying crucial factors in the linguistic encoding of implicitly
expres sed information, factors which are very different from those
found in Europ ean languages, but also offer practical applications,
particularly for the design of machine translation systems and for
learners of Japanese.

Table of contents

Preface ix 
Note on the examples xii 
Abbreviations xiii 
List of figures xiv 
List of tables xv 
Part 1. Japanese and argument ellipsis 
1. Introduction 3.39 
2. Various approaches to anaphora 41.95 
Part 2. Linguistic devices 
3. Predicate devices: Argument-inferring morphemes 99.173 
4. Sentence devices I: The principle of direct alignment 175.228 
5. Sentence devices II: The principles of argument ellipsis 229.265 
6. Discourse devices: Ellipsis as the unmarked representation of sameness 267.290 
Part 3. The process of referent identification 
7. Algorithm 293.353 
Epilogue 355.356 
Appendices 357.365 
Notes 366.383 
References 385.394 
Index 395.397 

Subject Language(s): Japanese (Language code: JPN)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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