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An Experimental Investigation into the Syntax of Negation in Japanese

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Authors
Han, Chung-hye; Storoshenko, Dennis Ryan; Sakurai, Yasuko
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.44 No.1, pp. 1-31
Keywords
syntax of negationscopetruth value judgment taskverbraisingJapanese
Abstract
The goal of this paper is to provide a unified syntactic analysis of the two types of negation in Japanese: regular negation with -na affixed onto the main verb, and wa-negation with the so-called topic marker -wa on the main verb followed by auxiliary suru ('do') inflected with -na. We establish that-na heads a projection of its own, and argue that this negation projection is located low in the clause structure, within the lexical vP domain. Our proposal is supported by the data concerning scope of negation and argument quantified NPs, extracted through a set of psycholinguistic experiments using the Truth Value Judgment Task.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86429
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 44 Number 1/2 (2008)
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