A continuation-based analysis of contrastive wa in Japanese

Hitomi Hirayama

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Abstract

This paper proposes an analysis of contrastive wa in Japanese using continuations. In this paper wa is treated as a type-shifter, which "continuizes" the element attached to it. Semantically and pragmatically, wa does not do anything when it is used as a thematic wa. However, it gives a special focus semantic value when it is used as so-called contrastive wa: a set of sets of propositions. The proposed analysis can also handle multiple contrastive topics (CTs) and wa-phrases appearing in the designated topic position.

Original languageEnglish
Pages405-413
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2019 - Hakodate, Japan
Duration: 2019 Sep 132019 Sep 15

Conference

Conference33rd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2019
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityHakodate
Period19/9/1319/9/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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