Koji Sugisaki

Koji Sugisaki
Kwansei Gakuin University · Department of Literature and Linguistics

Ph.D.

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There are two major proposals regarding how to derive the VOS word order in the Mayan family. One is a right-specifier analysis, according to which specifiers of lexical categories are located to the right of the heads and the subject occupies a right-specifier. The other is a predicate fronting analysis, in which vP is preposed across the subject....
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This study experimentally investigates whether Japanese-speaking children around the age of four conform to a structural constraint on Quantifier Float. After pointing out a potential confound in a previous study by Otsu (1994), I report the results of my own experiment, in which this confound in the experimental design is eliminated. The results o...
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In natural languages, the mapping from surface form to meaning is often quite complex, and hence the acquisition of the phenomena at the boundary between syntax and semantics has been one of the central issues in current acquisition research. This study addresses the issue of whether children have adult-like knowledge of LF wh-movement and its loca...
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This article investigates a number of issues concerning parameter setting and developmental factors in language acquisition. It is mainly limited to studies on the acquisition of syntax that provide intriguing empirical findings. The studies of Japanese acquisition confirm the early emergence of Universal Grammar principles, but the syntactic pheno...
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Within the framework of generative grammar, knowledge of our native language is assumed to be acquired through the interaction between biologically predetermined UG and the linguistic experience children take in after birth. If this acquisitional scenario is on the right track, we can expect that the core portion of the grammar is acquired fairly e...
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Japanese is a free word-order language, and allows both subject-object-verb (SOV) and object-subject-verb (OSV) orders. Our previous study using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) imaging revealed that OSV sentences induce more activation in the left frontal lobe than SOV sentences. The present study develops our previous experiment: (1) by adopting...
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The acquisition of word order has been one of the central issues in the study of child language. One striking finding from the detailed investigation of various child languages is that from the earliest observable stages, children are highly sensitive to the basic word order of their target language. However, the evidence so far comes mainly from t...
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To determine the basic word order in Japanese, oxyhemoglobin concentration changes in the frontal region of 32 healthy men were measured by near-infrared spectroscopy. Our experiment used four types of sentences: (i) subject-object-verb (SOV), (ii) object-subject-verb (OSV), (iii) subject-naze (why)-object-verb (SwhyOV), and (iv) naze (why)-subject...
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Modern linguistic theory attempts to explain why language acquisition is possible despite the fact that relevant experience available to children is severely limited (coined "Plato's problem" in Chomsky 1986). The proposed answer postulates that a human child is genetically equipped with Universal Grammar (UG), the initial state of the language fac...
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In this squib we examine the time course of children's acquisition of English to evaluate the basic insights of Kayne's (1981; 1984) proposals on preposition stranding. Kayne argued that the availability of preposition stranding (P-stranding) in English is parametrically linked to the availability of double object datives and the prepositional comp...
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This paper proposes a semantic analysis of comparison constructions in Japanese which is crucially different from the standard semantics of comparatives as developed for English and related languages. The interpretation of the Japanese comparison construction is determined to a larger extent by pragmatic strategies, as opposed to compositional sema...
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Within the Principles and Parameters approach to Universal Grammar (Chomsky 1981), language acquisition is assumed to be the process of setting the values of parameters, which are conceived of as innately-specified points of grammatical variation that have multiple consequences for the surface grammar. Given this view, it is expected that parameter...
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In this study, we present converging evidence from comparative syntax and the acquisition of English for Stowell's (1981, 1982) view that natural-language grammars permitting pre/postposition-stranding (P-stranding) are restricted to those that have the verb-particle construction. Our findings, we will argue, indicate that the positive setting of t...
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Stowell (1981, 1982) proposes that there is a parameter that determines the availability of both preposition stranding (P-stranding) and the V-particle-NP construction. While the V-particle-NP construction requires only the positive setting of the relevant parameter, P-stranding requires several additional properties to be identified. Stowell's ana...
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One major line of acquisition research within the generative framework has been to demonstrate experimentally that children's linguistic knowledge is essentially the same as that of adults. This line of investigations has been quite successful with respect to the acquisition of syntactic knowledge: It has been understood at least since Otsu (1981)...
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In this study, we evaluate the Variational Model of Language Acquisition proposed by Yang (2002), which claims that all UG-defined grammars are accessible to the learner at the start, and that language acquisition is a process of competition among these grammars. We show that the acquisition of preposition-stranding in English poses a serious chall...
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In this study, we show that Spanish-learning children use clitic-climbing from the earliest stages, and that they never go through a period in which they avoid clitic-climbing by relying solely on non-climbing forms. Our results provide support for Kayne's (1989) parametric proposal that the possibility of clitic-climbing is closely tied to the nul...

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