The Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University cordially invites you to a special lecture:

East Asian Relatives Revisited: On the Disunity between Gapped & Gapless Relatives

By Prof.Kazuhiko Fukushima

Kansai Gaidai University

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 10:00 – 11:30

Room 408  Boromrachakumari Building


Relative clauses in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese have been controversial since a mixture of gapped and ‘gapless’ relatives are found throughout. The central issue in this domain has been how best to characterize the two kinds of relatives. Syntactic approaches mainly deal with the former and treat the latter peripheral, while pragmatic ones offer a uniform account. In any case, the past research focused on the properties of relative clauses per se without paying much attention to those of head nouns. Drawing mostly on Japanese data, this paper proposes a new approach focusing on the properties of head nounsthe division and the account hinge not merely on the presence of a gap but on its obligatoriness vis-à-vis the properties of head nouns. Specifically, the former type is treated as a regular filler-gap construction and the latter as an appositive construction.

Kazuhiko (‘kaz’) Fukushima currently works at the Dept of Foreign Languages, Kansai Gaidai University. Kaz does research in Morphology, Syntax and Semantics. His current project is ‘Compositionality in morphology’ and ‘Composition in Japanese V-V Compounds’.

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