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The difficulty of the way interpretation effects from the shape and kind of syntactic buildings found in language is one that is relevant and hotly debated in either theoretical and descriptive linguistics.This quantity brings jointly a chain of 11 new state-of-the-art essays via prime specialists in East Asian languages which exhibits how the research of formal constructions and useful morphemes in chinese language, jap and Korean provides a lot to our common realizing of the shut connections among shape and interpretation. This especially commissioned assortment could be of curiosity to linguists of all backgrounds operating within the common region of syntax and language swap, in addition to people with a unique curiosity in chinese language, eastern and Korean.

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1999a) Plurality in a classifier language. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 8, 75–99. Li, Yen-hui Audrey. (1999b) Form and function correspondence: structures and interpretations of nominal expressions in Mandarin Chinese. ) Comparative syntax of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English, Report of the International Scientific Research Program, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Japan, 147–186. Li, Yen-hui Audrey. (2000) Universal constructions? relativization in English and Chinese, NACCL 12 proceedings.

LFj: The man1 who gave [ his1 paycheck ] to his wife is wiser | | than the man2 who gave [ his2 paycheck ] to his mistress. | | While the pragmatics does not permit strict identity in (7), a similar sentence as in (9) below exhibits strict identity, and this interpretation can be derived when the syntactic binding takes place before DP-reconstruction does, as illustrated in (10). (9) The man who1 had [3 his1 car ] stolen suspects the teen-age boy who was staring at it3 from a nearby truck when he left the parking lot.

2 See Stowell (1989) for some complications. 3 However, this raises questions on how it should be analyzed in compositional semantics. 4 For discussions on Japanese wh-words along this line of research, see Cheng (1991), Watanabe (1992), Aoun and Li (1993a, b), Tsai (1994), Hagastrom (1998), Miyagawa (2001), among others. 5 Note that even in English, it is possible to interpret an indefinite nominal as a variable. Its interpretation can also be determined by a quantifier to be generated in a position separate from the indefinite expression (Lewis 1975, Kamp 1981, Heim 1982).

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