Head-initial constructions in Japanese





Japanese is often taken to be strictly head-final in its syntax. In our work on a broad-coverage, precision implemented HPSG for Japanese, we have found that while this is generally true, there are nonetheless a few minor exceptions to the broad trend. In this paper, we describe the grammar engineering project, present the exceptions we have found, and conclude that this kind of phenomenon motivates on the one hand the HPSG type hierarchical approach which allows for the statement of both broad generalizations and exceptions to those generalizations and on the other hand the usefulness of grammar engineering as a means of testing linguistic hypotheses.


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Siegel, Melanie & Bender, Emily M. 2004. Head-initial constructions in Japanese. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 244–260. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2004.14) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/591) (Accessed September 21, 2023.)