Title: Locality and Information Structure
Subtitle: A cartographic approach to Japanese
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 116
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Yoshio Endo
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233806 Pages: 248 Price: Europe EURO 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027233806 Pages: 248 Price: U.S. $ 149.00
This monograph presents a systematic exploration of Japanese syntax within the cartographic approach, paying special attention to the locality effects induced by discourse-based features such as topic and focus. Although the main focus is on Japanese syntax, implications of the analyses developed are investigated from a broader comparative perspective. Unlike previous works on Japanese generative syntax, this book is based partially on informant surveys, including the distribution of adverbials and the categorical status of nominative-Case-marked adverbials, as well as an exhaustive survey of ditransitive predicates in terms of word formation and idioms in Koujien, one of the most comprehensive Japanese dictionaries. A systematic syntactic study of the nature of clause-final particles in Japanese, an area previously only explored in the framework of discourse analysis, is also presented. It is shown that the EPP may be satisfied by such discourse-related elements as topic and focus and by these sentence final particles.