Situation partition and shifted evaluation of distributivity

  • Takanobu Nakamura


In this paper, I discuss what I call group distributive readings. Japanese has a distributor “zutsu,” which can occur at the prenominal position or at the floating position. When it occurs at the prenominal position, distributivity is evaluated in a situation other than the situation in which the rest of the clause is evaluated. To account for this shifted evaluation ofdistributivity, I propose that “zutsu” partitions a situation and the shifted evaluation of distributivity comes from the presence of a situation pronoun. The syntactic distribution of group distributive readings follows from an independently motivated generalisation on situation pronoun binding. In addition, this situation-based account makes better predictions for the semantics of canonical distributive readings than previous analyses do.
How to Cite
Nakamura, T. (2021). Situation partition and shifted evaluation of distributivity. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 684-701.