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Modality Across Syntactic Categories$
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Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero, and Andrés Salanova

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718208.001.0001

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Modal indefinites: Where do Japanese wh-kas fit in?

Modal indefinites: Where do Japanese wh-kas fit in?

(p.30) 3 Modal indefinites: Where do Japanese wh-kas fit in?
Modality Across Syntactic Categories

Luis Alonso-Ovalle

Junko Shimoyama

Oxford University Press

Most work on modal indefinites has focused on a small sample of languages, and has therefore provided only a limited picture of the cross-linguistic empirical landscape within this domain. Although much progress has been made in trying to determine the properties along which modal indefinites can vary, the development of a semantically based typology of modal indefinites (and of modal expressions more generally) will benefit from the consideration of data from a broader sample of languages. This chapter situates the properties of a Japanese existential construction (the so-called wh-ka indeterminates) in the broader typology of modal indefinites by taking into consideration some of the parameters of variation that have been discussed in the literature.

Keywords:   modal indefinites, indeterminate pronouns, epistemic modality, ignorance implicatures, Japanese

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