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Title:Specificity effects for Japanese, an articleless language
Author(s):Furuya, Kaori
Subject(s):Japanese
Determiners
Specificity
Syntax
Abstract:The Japanese language does not possess articles. Demonstratives do not obligatorily appear in the left periphery of noun phrases (NPs). Bare NPs can be definite and indefinite in a given context. However, when NPs combine with numeral classifiers (NCs), NPs encounter restrictions on interpretation. I account for them in the vein of specificity effects for this article-less language, in support of the phase DP theory (Chomsky 2004, 2008). The lack of an article is due to lexical reasons in the determiner system rather than due to a syntactic or semantic parametric difference in the Japanese language.
Issue Date:2012-12-14
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2012: 32-43
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/35299
ISSN:0049-2388
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2012 Kaori Furuya
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-12-14


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