Alternating conj/disjunctions: the case of Japanese -toka and -tari

  • Ryan Walter Smith
  • Ryoichiro Kobayashi

Abstract

This paper investigates the interpretation of Japanese -toka and -tari, two nonexhaustive particles that receive conjunctive interpretations in upward-entailing environments, but disjunctive interpretations in downward-entailing and question contexts. We analyze -toka and -tari as items that introduce unstructured sets of alternatives in a Hamblin-style alternative semantics (Hamblin, 1973; Kratzer and Shimoyama, 2002), and derive their conjunctive and disjunctive readings via an interaction between these sets and the semantics of the environment containing them.
Published
2019-05-17
How to Cite
Smith, R. W., & Kobayashi, R. (2019). Alternating conj/disjunctions: the case of Japanese -toka and -tari. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 22(2), 393-406. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/113