29 , 2015-09-28 , 金沢大学大学院人間社会環境研究科 = Graduate School of Human and Socio-Enviromental Studies Kanazawa University
In this paper, we will investigate in detail the nature of the No more A than B construction. First, we will see this construction classified into several categories based on the formal differences among them, and then, those corresponding semantic differences will be explored. In particular, we will focus consistently on than-phrases of No more A than B construction, which will turn out to be characterized through the actual usage of several sentences as objects or processes with an extreme property (i.e., they can be schematically stipulated as such). Next, it will be proposed that the essential function of this construction lies in the intersubjective coordination of a proposition between interlocutors, in terms of their interaction, and of a pragmatic perspective that will be newly introduced here. Finally, the whale-construction will be presented as a topic sentence that shows intersubjective coordination concerning a common conceptual ground between the speaker and the hearer. In other words, the interlocutors will negotiate how a whale should be categorized based on two different types of categorizations, which are distinct in the cognition of the speaker.