Form and Meaning in Japanese Complex Sentence Constructions

Project leader:MASUOKA Takashi
Invited Professor, NINJAL

Summary

The objective of this project is to promote investigations of complex sentence constructions in Japanese. As opposed to research on simple sentence constructions, previous research on Japanese complex sentence constructions tends to be concentrated on specific topics without addressing general issues or general frameworks. It is thus necessary to seek a more comprehensive research model with a broader perspective.

This project focuses on the analysis of the form-meaning correlations of Japanese complex sentence constructions. We develop a comprehensive approach covering both adverbial and adnominal clause constructions. Special stress is given to the approaches and methodologies of contrastive linguistics and corpus linguistics, where remarkable progress has been made in recent years.