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ERIC Number: ED126731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Syntax and Semantics of Possession I: Japanese.
Yamamoto, Akira Y.; Mathias, Gerald B.
The possibility is suggested that the meanings of words are abstracted far beyond the range of cognitive concept, and that the role words play in the meaning of sentences is similar to the role phonemes play in the meanings of words. The meanings of the various forms are classed into a single paradigm known as the verb "mot-u" which is one of the means for expressing possession in Japanese. These meanings have various levels of abstraction, but they are all more abstract than the concept of possession. The meaning of the word 'possession' may be a universal concept, but even that is one abstracted beyond any possible reference in the real world. A person's possession of a portable object may be physical or legal. Though we may not always be concerned with which is the case, it must always be one or the other. If there is such a concept in any particular language, it is a predicating relationship between a possessor and a possessee. If it can be isolated, it will make it possible to explain the syntax of such expressions in terms of this concept rather than in terms of deep-structure lexical items. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Mid-America Linguistics Conference (University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, October 24-25, 1975)