2013 Winner: Japanese Numerals and Numeral Quantifiers

Project Information
Japanese Numerals and Numeral Quantifiers
Humanities
Linguistics
In this paper, Japanese numerals and numeral quantifiers will be under investigation. Japanese numerals are a complex unit: a combination of a number and a classifier. These classifiers are always attached to a number and the classifier specifies the type of noun being modified by the number. In English, numbers and quantifiers can appear in a large variety of positions that make it difficult to tell exactly where these elements go in the structure. In Japanese, numbers and quantifiers can appear in an even greater number of positions. The main point of this paper will be to discover the positions that the numerals and numeral quantifiers can be in. Since it appears that the numerals and numeral quantifiers can appear in an incredible number of positions, these facts have caused researchers to propose a wide variety of possible structures for the nominal domain. Typically, these proposals have a large number of functional projections and a wide variety of movements around the nominal domain. Certain things, like Japanese not having an overt determiner, make figuring out the actual structure very difficult. What I will end up doing is proposing several positions that numerals and numeral quantifiers are able to appear in and I will prove these positions through a variety of methods.
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Students
  • Sylvia Primrose (Merrill)
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