In this book Taisuke Nishigauchi presents a theoretically-oriented discussion of various issues in the syntax and logical structure of natural language. The primary data on which theoretical claims are made are drawn from Japanese and Japanese-type languages. It also contains, however, discussion of related phenomena in English which have never been discussed from the same viewpoint in the current literature.
The first part of the book treats the nature of the locality principle and is written in a relatively non-technical format. The second part looks at the problem of the quantificational force of wh-phrases. This has received recognition by traditional Japanese grammarians for many years, though no theoretical approach has been attempted, with the important exception of S.-Y. Kuroda's dissertation.
Although the book is written in the format of a version of the Extended Standard Theory tradition, informally referred to as the Principles and Parameters approach or `Government Binding Theory', it should be of interest to a much wider audience. Readers interested in other theoretical framework will find the discussion in this book easily translatable into the framework of their choice.