Danfeng Wu's research while affiliated with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other places

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Japanese has functional elements with grammatical, semantic, or pragmatic functions. Case markers mark grammatical relations; the Q-particle clause-types the sentence as an interrogative; and the topic marker designates a phrase as the topic of the sentence. Along with these functions, we argue that these functional elements have a uniform function...


... As such, it is possible -though further cross-linguistic research is needed -to entertain the idea that major features of language change result directly from syntax-semantics and CI requirements. Relatedly, Miyagawa et al. (2019) claim, following Saito (2016Saito ( , 2018, that when Case markers attach to XPs they block labeling and allow the sister element to project instead, with Topic marking having the same function. In contrast, the Q-particle in Japanese allows the C to project. ...