From: Paul Allum <allumrikkyo.ac.jp>
Subject: Coordination and Listing Structures in Japanese
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Running reaction time experiments in psycholinguistics, I have found that
participants are faster to begin a sentence that has a listing structure
rather than a coordinating structure when all other variables are kept
constant. Specifically, I have contrasted two Japanese structures in the
topic phrase of a sentence, coordination with 'to....wa' and listing with
'mo....mo'. As far as syntax is concerned, it has been suggested that the
former structure involves two NPs under an overarching single NP, while the
latter involves individual NPs that branch individually off the sentence
structure. I wonder if there is any way to elucidate the conceptual or
semantic differences between these two structures? I would suppose that
such differences would not be unique to Japanese.
Subject Language(s): Japanese (jpn)
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