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LINGUIST List 16.2036

Thu Jun 30 2005

Books: Syntax/Semantics/Pragmatics, Japanese: Kim

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        1.    Matthew Wolf, Event-Structure and the Internally-Headed Relative Clause Construction in Korean and Japanese: Kim

Message 1: Event-Structure and the Internally-Headed Relative Clause Construction in Korean and Japanese: Kim
Date: 29-Jun-2005
From: Matthew Wolf <glsalinguist.umass.edu>
Subject: Event-Structure and the Internally-Headed Relative Clause Construction in Korean and Japanese: Kim

Title: Event-Structure and the Internally-Headed Relative Clause
Construction in Korean and Japanese
Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass

Book URL: http://www.booksurge.com/product.php3?bookID=GPUB01136-00014

Author: Min-Joo Kim, Texas Tech University

Paperback: ISBN: 1419610457 Pages: 316 Price: U.S. $ 18.99


This dissertation investigates how syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic
factors interact to produce the Internally-Headed Relative Clause (IHRC)
construction in Korean and Japanese. The IHRC construction differs from the
more familiar Externally-Headed Relative Clause (EHRC) construction in
several ways. First, unlike an EHRC, an IHRC's content restricts the matrix
clause's content, rather than the semantic head's. Second, its
interpretation is heavily influenced by the discourse context in ways not
seen with the EHRC. Third, unlike the head of an EHRC, the head of an IHRC
does not correspond to any overt syntactic phrase, so it needs to be
determined by language users, based on the relative clause's content, the
matrix predicate's semantics, and the discourse context. The literature
offers numerous insightful analyses of the IHRC construction, but it leaves
two central questions unanswered: what determines the interpretation of the
construction? And, if pragmatic principles have a role to play, how do they
interact with the morphosyntax and the semantics?

I answer these questions within an event semantics framework. I show that the
construction's interpretation is determined partly by grammatical factors
(e.g., the embedded clause's aspect, the matrix predicate's semantics) and
partly by pragmatic factors (e.g., the discourse context and discourse
participants' world knowledge). In particular, I isolate two sources of the
semantic variability of the construction. First, the matrix clause contains
a pronominal definite description, whose denotation contains a free
relation variable. This variable's value is determined by the embedded
clause's event structure, the matrix predicate's semantics, and the
discourse context. Second, the relative operator that occurs in this
construction connects the embedded clause's content with the matrix clause's
content by establishing either a temporal or a causal relation between them,
depending on whether the embedded clause describes a temporary state or a
permanent state. This study establishes important connections between the
semantics of a definite description and event structure, thereby solving the
particularly challenging formal linking problem, one that afflicts existing E-type
pronoun analyses. It also provides a constrained but flexible interpretive
mechanism for the construction, eliminating the need for many of the
extra-grammatical constraints that characterize existing treatments.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Japanese (JPN)
Korean (KKN)

Written In: English (ENG)

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