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タイトル: Redundant Hito, Polite Kata, and Derogative Yatsu in Japanese : Human-Denoting Light Nouns as a Window into Noun Phrase Structure
著者: Inokuma, Sakumi
キーワード: [+human]
proper names
発行日: 2012年12月
出版者: Tokyo University English Linguistics Association
掲載誌情報: Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics. No.28, 2012.12, pp. 75-110
抄録: This article demonstrates that even languages like Japanese, where functional heads and hierarchical syntactic structures they carry about are hard to identify, indeed have much elaborate structure. The present interest is fine structure of nominal phrases, and clues to the investigation come from expressions which can be called “human-denoting light nouns,” that is, semi-lexical nouns such as hito, kata, and yatsu, all of which denote human beings. Of importance in light of syntactic analysis is the fact that (i) they can occur “redundantly” in a position following full-lexical nouns that denote human beings themselves (e.g., gengogakusha ‘linguist,’ Amerika-jin ‘American’ etc.) and that (ii) the occurrence of these light nouns obeys subtle but consistent selectional restrictions. The goal of the present article is to lay down the basic data, which to my knowledge have been little noticed in the formal syntactic literature, and to point out that there is a lot of work for us Japanese syntacticians to do in this vast domain.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2261/54900
出現カテゴリ:Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics
Linguistic research : working papers in English linguistics


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