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Titre: Unifying Japanese relative clauses: copy-chains and context-sensitivity

motclef1: relativization

motclef2: head-internal relative clause

motclef3: doubly-headed relative clause

motclef4: Copy Theory

motclef5: chain resolution

motclef6: maximal informativeness

Auteur1: Yoshitaka Michael

Auteur2: Gould Isaac

Annee: 2016

typeOuvrage: article


Journal: Glossa

Vol: 1

No: 1

DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.174

Genre: Specialité

Resume_editeur: We offer a new, unified approach to the derivation and interpretation of head-external, head-internal, and heretofore understudied doubly-headed relative clauses in Japanese. Our proposal is motivated by new data on the interpretation of these different forms of relative clauses with quantificational heads, in different contexts. Head-internal and doubly-headed relative clauses are interpreted as definite descriptions with their quantificational head interpreted in their surface, relative-clause-internal positions. We show that the complex patterns of possible interpretations, as well as the shape of observed inter-speaker variation, are derived by interpreting definite descriptions using a maximal informativeness semantics and a simple assumption regarding the role of contextual information, which we call the

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