ABSTRACT

Kobuchi-Philip, Mana. 2010. Indeterminate Numeral Quantifiers, ‘Some’ and ‘Many’ Readings, and Questions in Japanese. Korean Journal of Linguistics, 35-2, 503-530. The Japanese indeterminate numeral quantifier (wh-Cl) can directly combine with a quantificational particle ka or mo, forming, e.g., nan-nin-ka ‘what-Clperson-ka’ or nan-nin-mo ‘what-Clperson-mo’. This paper focuses on the empirical evidence that the former gives rise to a ‘some’ reading while the latter a ‘many’reading, and discusses, from semantic and pragmatic perspectives, how these readings are formally derived. Semantically, we assume, in accord with Hamblin (1973), that the indeterminate numeral quantifier (NQ) is a set of alternatives. Following Jayaseelan (2001), ka is treated as a disjunction operator that takes a set of alternatives and produces a disjunction of it. Adopting Shimoyama’s (2006) direct restrictor view of indeterminate phrase quantification, we derive the ‘some’ reading of the indeterminate NQ-ka. In contrast, the ‘many’ reading of an indeterminate NQ-mo is attributed to the pragmatics of mo, which triggers a presupposition like English even (Karttunen and Peters 1979). (Utrecht University)

KEYWORD

numeral quanitifiers, indeterminates, questions, presupposition

REFERENCES(50)open

  1. [book] Aoyagi,H / 1994 / On Association with Focus and Scope of Focus Particles in Japanese. In Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 1 / MITWPL : 23 ~ 44

  2. [jounal] Barwise,J. / 1981 / Generalized Quantifiers and Natural Language / Linguistics and Philosophy 4 : 159 ~ 219

  3. [jounal] Chierchia, G / 1998 / Reference to kinds across languages / Natural Language Semantics 6 : 339 ~ 405

  4. [book] Chierchia, G / 1998 / Plurality of mass nouns and the notion of ‘semantic parameter’. In Events and Grammar / Kluwer : 53 ~ 103

  5. [book] Corver, N / 1998 / Predicate movement in pseudopartitive constructions. In Possessors, Predicates, and Movement in the Determiner Phrase / John Benjamins : 215 ~ 257

  6. [jounal] Den Dikken, M / 1995 / Copulas / GLOW Newsletter 34 : 20 ~ 21

  7. [book] Den Dikken, M / 1998 / Predicate inversion in DP. In Possesors, Predicates, and Movement in the Determiner Phrase / John Benjamins : 177 ~ 214

  8. [book] Downing,P / 1996 / Numeral Classifier Systems, The Case of Japanese / John Benjamins

  9. [jounal] Gill, K.-H. / 2004 / Connectives, indeterminates, and quantificational variability / Empirical Issues in Formal Syntax and Semantics 5 : 75 ~ 88

  10. [thesis] Hagstrom,P / 1998 / Decomposing questions

  11. [jounal] Hamblin,C / 1973 / Questions in Montague English / Foundations of Language 10 : 41 ~ 53

  12. [book] Hasegawa,N / 1991 / On non-argument quantifiers. in Metropolitan Linguistics. 11 / Linguistic Circle of Tokyo Metropolitan University : 52 ~ 78

  13. [book] Haspelmath,M / 1997 / Indefinite Pronouns / Oxford University Press

  14. [thesis] Heim,I / 1982 / The Semantics of Definite and Indefinite Noun Phrases

  15. [jounal] Heycock,C / 1993 / Syntactic predication in Japanese / Journal of East Asian Linguistics 2 : 167 ~ 211

  16. [jounal] Jayaseelan,K.A / 2001 / Questions and question-word incorporating quantifiers in Malayalam / Syntax 4 : 63 ~ 93

  17. [confproc] Jayaseelan,K.A / 2004 / Comparative morphology of quantifiers / Paper presented at the Conference on ‘Strategies of quantification’University of York. July 2004

  18. [web] / http://www.let.uu.nl/~Jakub.Dotlacil/personal/synseminar/jayaseelan0305.pdf

  19. [jounal] Karttunen,L / 1977 / Syntax and semantics of questions / Linguistics and Philosophy 1 : 3 ~ 44

  20. [book] Karttunen,L. / 1979 / Conventional implicature. In Syntax and Semantics 11: Presupposition / Academic Press : 1 ~ 56

  21. [thesis] Kato,Y / 1985 / Negative sentences in Japanese

  22. [book] Kayne,R / 1994 / The Antisymmetry of Syntax / MIT Press

  23. [jounal] Kitahara,H / 1992 / Numeral classifier phrase inside DP and the specificity effect / Japanese and Korean Linguistics 3 : 171 ~ 186

  24. [thesis] Kobuchi-Philip,M / 2003 / Distributivity and the Japanese Floating Numeral Quantifier

  25. [book] Kobuchi-Philip,M / 2006 / Identity of the domain of quantification for the numeral. In Non-definiteness and plurality / John Benjamins : 267 ~ 290

  26. [jounal] Kobuchi-Philip, M / 2007 / Floating numerals and floating quantifiers / Lingua 117 : 814 ~ 831

  27. [jounal] Kobuchi-Philip, M / 2007 / Individual-denoting classifiers / Natural Language Semantics 15 : 95 ~ 130

  28. [book] Kobuchi-Philip, M / 2008 / A modifier hypothesis on the Japanese indeterminate quantifier phrase. In New frontiers in artificial intelligence / Springer : 201 ~ 213

  29. [book] Kobuchi-Philip, M / 2008 / Presuppositional compositionality with Japanese mo. In Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory 18 / Cornell University : 496 ~ 509

  30. [jounal] Mana Kobuchi-Philip / 2009 / Japanese Mo: Universal, Additive, and NPI / Journal of Cognitive Science 10 (2) : 173 ~ 194

  31. [book] Kobuchi-Philip, M / 2008 / Semantics of Japanese mo ‘also’ and shika ‘except for’ in Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 14 / Vienna

  32. [book] Kratzer,A / 1998 / Scope or pseudoscope? Are there wide-scope indefinites? In Events in Grammar / Kluwer : 163 ~ 196

  33. [book] Krifka,M / 1999 / At least some determiners aren’t determiners. In The semantics/pragmatics interface from different points of view / Elsevier : 257 ~ 291

  34. [thesis] Kuroda,S.-Y / 1965 / Generative Grammatical Studies in the Japanese Language

  35. [book] Landman,F / 2000 / Events and plurality / Kluwer

  36. [book] Link,G / 1983 / The logical analysis of plural and mass terms: A lattice-theoretical approach. In Meaning, use, and interpretation of language / de Gruyter : 302 ~ 323

  37. [book] Miyagawa,S / 1989 / Syntax and Semantics 22. Structure and Case Marking in Japanese / Academic Press

  38. [confproc] Nakanishi, K / 2007 / Scope of even: A cross-linguistic perspective / Proceedings of NELS 38

  39. [book] Nakanishi, K / 2007 / Formal Properties of Measurement Constructions / Mouton de Gruyter

  40. [book] Nishigauchi,T / 1990 / Quantification in the theory of grammar / Kluwer

  41. [book] Ohno,Y / 1989 / Mo. In Papers on quantification. NSF Grant Report. Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst / GLSA : 224 ~ 250

  42. [book] Ota,A / 1980 / Hitei no imi(The meaning of negation) / Taishukan

  43. [jounal] Reinhart,T / 1997 / Quantifier scope: How the labor is divided between QR and choice functions / Linguistics and Philosophy 20 : 335 ~ 397

  44. [thesis] Shimoyama,J / 2001 / Wh-constructions in Japanese

  45. [jounal] Shimoyama,J / 2006 / Indeterminate phrase quantification in Japanese / Natural Language Semantics 14 : 139 ~ 173

  46. [book] Shudo,S / 2002 / Presupposition and discourse / Routledge

  47. [book] Verkuyl,H / 1981 / Numerals and quantifiers in X-bar syntax and their semantic interpretation. In Formal Methods in the Study of Language / MCT : 567 ~ 599

  48. [jounal] Watanabe,A / 2004 / The genesis of negative concord: syntax and morphology of negative doubling / Linguistic Inquiry 35 : 559 ~ 612

  49. [jounal] Westerståhl,Dag / 1985 / Logical constants in quantifier languages / Linguistics and Philosophy 8 : 387 ~ 413

  50. [jounal] Yatsushiro,K / 2009 / The distribution of quantificational suffixes in Japanese / Natural Language Semantics 17 : 141 ~ 173