A Cognitive Grammar of Japanese Clause Structure by Toshiyuki Kumashiro

By Toshiyuki Kumashiro

This quantity represents the 1st accomplished paintings on jap clause constitution performed in the framework of Cognitive Grammar. the writer proposes schematic conceptual constructions for the main buildings within the language and defines eastern case marking and grammatical family members in simply conceptual phrases. The paintings therefore makes a resounding case for the conceptual foundation of grammar, thereby constituting a robust argument opposed to the autonomy of syntax speculation of Generative Grammar.
The quantity can be of curiosity to any researcher wishing to understand 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 a close, complete, but unifying demeanour. as well as its theoretical findings, the quantity incorporates a variety of revealing analyses and interpretations of jap info, which will be of significant curiosity to all eastern linguists, without reference to their theoretical persuasions.

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As far as analyses of the “meanings” of case markers are concerned, one should take note of the important contributions made by Hjelmslev (1935), Jakobson (1936, 1958), Wierzbicka (1980, 1981, 1983, 1986), Smith (1993), and others. 4 below for specific descriptions of their accomplishments. 8. See Newmeyer (1983, 1998) for a concise summary of the autonomy thesis from the generative perspective. Langacker (1991, 1995c) and Croft (1995) offer criticisms of the thesis from the cognitive/functional viewpoint.

Chapter 7 examines the topic construction and shows that the construction codes yet another way in Japanese of conceptualizing events with two entities, which involves a much higher level of processing. To be more specific, we claim that all topic sentences code the sequential reference-point construction. Chapter 8 examines the semantic content of the nominative marker ga itself. It is established that (i) the marker does contribute some semantic content, albeit schematic, to the overall clausal semantic content, and that (ii) the most schematic sense it codes is the head of a profiled event chain.

10b at the bottom left is schematic with respect to the composite structure, which is more specific in regard to the characterization of the landmark. e. the door, and the composite structure is that of extension (represented by a dashed-line arrow in the figure), since there is a conflict in their specifications, namely in their choice of profile: the former profiles a thing while the latter profiles a relationship. Chapter 1. Introduction a. YZ tr Instantiation Extension X lm .............. Correspondence Atemporal relationship b.

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