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Information packaging of subject and topic in Japanese : semantic differences and selectional criteria for NP GA and NP WA

Gee, Yasumi Murata

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Many attempts to characterise NP GA (non-topic subject) and NP WA (topic subject) have been made in the past. Some have examined their syntactic properties, some their semantic nature and others their discourse functions. None of these however, capture what native speakers understand by NP GA and NP WA, or properly reflect the intuition native speakers have for these items. Another major failure of past analyses is that the differential process employed by native speakers when choosing...[Show more]

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Date published: 1992
Type: Thesis (PhD)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/132661

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