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Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective

Mamoru Saito

Abstract

Comparative syntax has been playing an increasingly important role in research in syntactic theory. Japanese has also been discussed in comparative perspective, but the comparison has been mostly with English. This volume aims to pursue the comparative syntax of Japanese with other Asian languages and, by doing so, to make original contributions to syntactic theory. The first three chapters examine the noun phrase structures in Chinese and Japanese and try to attribute their differences to the head parameter while accounting for their similarities at the same time. The next two chapters take u ... More

Keywords: generative syntax, comparative syntax, Japanese grammar, noun phrase structure, ellipsis, argument ellipsis, wh-phrases in situ, rightward scrambling, dative subject, genitive subject

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945207
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945207.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mamoru Saito, editor
Nanzan University