Noun-Modifying Constructions in Japanese

A frame semantic approach

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This study examines the clausal noun-modifying construction (NMC) in Japanese, a much-discussed construction that embraces what have usually been called relative clause and noun complement constructions. Drawing upon a broad range of naturally-occurring NMCs, including types that fall outside the domains of relative clause and noun complement constructions, Yoshiko Matsumoto argues for an analysis of NMCs that gives an important role to semantics and pragmatics. The framework in which this approach is presented draws from, and further refines, concepts of frame semantics. By using a frame semantic definition of semantic integration, the author reveals the commonality of diverse types of NMCs in Japanese, and posits a tripartite classification of NMCs which is both more comprehensive and more revealing than the traditional dichotomy between relative clause and noun complement constructions.
As the first comprehensive and systematic study in English of Japanese NMCs with diverse lexical heads, this work is further notable for its detailed discussion of the dependence of NMCs on both linguistic and extra-linguistic context.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 35]  1997.  viii, 204 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
ix
Preface
xi
1 Introduction
1
2 Syntactic and Descriptive Approaches to Noun Modification
11
2.1 Syntactic Studies
12
2.2 Descriptive Approach
33
3 Construal and the Variety of Noun-Modifying Constructions: Description and Framework
37
3.1 The Need for a Theory of Construal
37
3.2 Frame Semantics and a Framework for the Present Study
54
4 Analysis of Noun-Modifying Constructions I: CH-type
77
4.1 “Relative Clause” Constructions
78
4.2 Other Possible Relationships between Noun and Clause
103
4.3 Summary
133
5 Analysis of Noun-Modifying Constructions II: NH-type and CNH-type
135
5.1 Noun Host Type Constructions
135
5.2 Clause and Noun Host Type (CNH-type) Constructions
148
5.3 Summary
162
6 Conclusion
165
6.1 The Frame-Semantic Analysis of Noun-Modifying Constructions
165
6.2 The Applications of Frame Semantics
167
6.3 Further Directions in the Study of NMCs
168
Notes
173
Bibliography
191
Index
205
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