A Cognitive Grammar of Japanese Clause Structure by Toshiyuki Kumashiro

By Toshiyuki Kumashiro

This quantity represents the 1st accomplished paintings on eastern clause constitution carried out in the framework of Cognitive Grammar. the writer proposes schematic conceptual buildings for the foremost buildings within the language and defines eastern case marking and grammatical kin in only conceptual phrases. The paintings hence makes a resounding case for the conceptual foundation of grammar, thereby constituting a powerful argument opposed to the autonomy of syntax speculation of Generative Grammar.
The quantity could be of curiosity to any researcher wishing to grasp how Cognitive Grammar, whose basic concentration has been at the non-syntactic elements of language, can clarify the clausal constitution of a given language in an in depth, finished, but unifying demeanour. as well as its theoretical findings, the quantity incorporates a variety of revealing analyses and interpretations of eastern information, which can be of significant curiosity to all eastern linguists, without reference to their theoretical persuasions.

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Subject honorification ii. Reflexive binding iii. pro and proarb v. Quantifier float We examine each of these five tests and conclude that only reflexive binding and subject honorification should be adopted in the present work. g. Harada 1976; Shibatani 1977): (2) Subject honorification a. Sensei-ga Hanako-ni Taroo-o go-shookai-ninat-ta. ’ 26 A Cognitive Grammar of Japanese Clause Structure b. *Taroo-ga Hanako-ni sensei-o go-shookai-ninat-ta. ’ c. *Taroo-ga sensei-ni Hanako-o go-shookai-ninat-ta.

Introduction a. YZ tr Instantiation Extension X lm .............. Correspondence Atemporal relationship b. Profile determinant c. 11 (Langacker 1995b: 15). 11c labeled “Z” on the right is a schema for the category of nominals. In the former, a schematic atemporal relationship (represented by a vertical dashed line) is construed as holding between two things. Observe that the relationships among the component and composite structures exactly parallel those in the specific expression near the door.

4 (adapted from Langacker 1995b: 10). Prominence is similar to focus of attention, and profiling is one example. e. a set of conceptual contents. e. some substructure. Expressions that evoke the same conceptual content may have contrasting meanings if different profiles are imposed on the common base. 5 (Langacker 1995d: 160). 4 Elbow 11. It may be thought that this encyclopedic characterization of meaning is in conflict with the symbolic view of language espoused by cognitive grammar that reduces grammar to form-meaning pairs (cf.

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