Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective

Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective

by Mamoru Saito
     
 

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This book examines the syntax of Japanese in comparison with other Asian languages within the Principles-and-Parameters framework. It grows out of a research project on comparative syntax pursued at the Center for Linguistics at Nanzan University from 2008-2013, in collaboration with researchers at Tsing Hua (Hsinchu, Taiwan), Connecticut, EFL U. (Hyderabad, India)

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This book examines the syntax of Japanese in comparison with other Asian languages within the Principles-and-Parameters framework. It grows out of a research project on comparative syntax pursued at the Center for Linguistics at Nanzan University from 2008-2013, in collaboration with researchers at Tsing Hua (Hsinchu, Taiwan), Connecticut, EFL U. (Hyderabad, India), Siena, and Cambridge. In ten chapters, the book compares the syntax of Japanese to that of Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Hindi, and Malayalam, focusing on ellipsis, movement, and Case. The first three chapters compare nominal structures in Japanese and Chinese and account for the differences between them. An important point of comparison in these chapters is the patterns of N'-ellipsis the two languages exhibit. The subsequent two chapters focus on ellipsis. One examines argument ellipsis in Japanese, Turkish, and Chinese, and argues for its correlation with the absence of feature agreement. The other presents a detailed comparative study of Japanese and Korean. Chapters on movement operations clarify the nature of "rightward scrambling" in Japanese by comparison with Turkish and contribute to the analysis of wh-in-situ. The book's final two chapters investigate non-nominative subjects in comparison with languages of India, comparing possessor/experiencer genitive subjects in Japanese and Indo-Arian and examining dative subjects in Japanese and Dravidian. The collection is the first major work to systematically compare Japanese syntax to that of the other languages of Asia, offering new insights on the nature of parametric variations among languages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199945221
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/02/2014
Series:
Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mamoru Saito is Professor of Linguistics at Nanzan University.

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