Relational adjectives in English and Japanese and the RA vs. PP debate
Nagano, Akiko; Tohoku University
Shimada, Masaharu; University of Tsukuba
Akiko Nagano and Masaharu Shimada’s paper (Relational Adjectives (RA) in English and Japanese and the RA vs. PP debate) proposes that the distribution of so-called relational adjectives can be fruitfully captured by analyzing them as word-forms for direct modification. This type of adjectives is prevalent in English but totally absent in Japanese. They show that this cross-linguistic difference stems from the difference of the ways these languages choose to spell out the adjunct-introducing P; and the choice depends on the morphological properties of canonical adjectives in each language.
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