Tracking down disjunction

Uli Sauerland, Ayaka Tamura, Masatoshi Koizumi, John M. Tomlinson

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Kuno (1973) and others describe the Japanese junctor ya as conjunction. But, Sudo (2014) analyzes ya as a disjunction with a conjunctive implicature. We compare ya with other junctors and implicature triggers experimental using mouse-tracking. Our two main results are: (1) ya differs from lexical conjunctions corroborating Sudo’s (2014) proposal. (2) The time-course of the conjunctive implicature of ya argues against the details of Sudo’s (2014) implementation, and instead favors an account similar to other cases of conjunctive implicatures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence - JSAI-isAI 2015 Workshops, LENLS, JURISIN, AAA, HAT-MASH, TSDAA, ASD-HR, and SKL, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMihoko Otake, Ken Satoh, Setsuya Kurahashi, Yuiko Ota, Daisuke Bekki
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319509525
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event7th JSAI International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, JSAI-isAI 2015 - Kanagawa, Japan
Duration: 2015 Nov 162015 Nov 18

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10091 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th JSAI International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, JSAI-isAI 2015


  • Alternatives
  • Conjunction
  • Disjunction
  • Implicature
  • Numerals. Mouse-tracking. Japanese


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