|Research interests (broadly):
semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, variation, Japanese
Research interests (specifically): exclamatives, miratives, evidentials, questions, biased questions, expletive negation, veridicality, degree semantics, dynamic semantics, discourse semantics
Non-canonical intensification. My dissertation in prepation examines various forms of non-lexical intensification, such as exclamatives, miratives, and polarity emphasis. I analyze these phenomena from a discourse perspective, adopting the Table model of Farkas and Bruce (2010).
Exclamatives. My main research interest is in the semantics of exclamative constructions. I'm particularly interested in the semantic difference across various exclamative types (e.g., What a painting! Boy, is he an idiot! Isn't that neat! The things my dog likes to eat!) , and ask what the category "exclamative" constitutes of , if it is a natural class at all. My current thought is that exclamatives can be unified in terms of their discourse property: they are a class of non-inquisitive sentences that are used for the sake of expressing something, as opposed to inviting discussion.
Social meaning in formal semantics. I am interested in integrating socioliguistics and formal semantics, and seeing what predictions formal models can make about semantic variation and change. How pejorativity arises in language is one recurring theme in my work in this area.
Japanese -ka-yo. In Japanese, -ka is a question particle and -yo is a "notification" particle. Used together, they produce a mirative-like interpretation, and a particularly aggressive one in tone (e.g., NOUN-ka-yo = 'it's a fucking NOUN?!') . Using tools from dynamic semantics, I provide a compositional analysis for this construction.
Japanese expletive negation. Negative polar questions in Japanese (e.g., kawaiku--na-i? 'isn't (it) cute?' optionally takes expletive (non-logical) negation (e.g., kawai-ku-na-ku-na-i? 'isn't (it) cute?'). The variant with the expletive negation is largely perceived to be characteristic of the speech of younger speakers in Japan. However, results from my comprehension task says otherwise: older speakers allow for the expletive interpretation of the negation more often than younger speakers.
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|(c) Ai Taniguchi
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