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Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective$
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Mamoru Saito

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945207.001.0001

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Dative Subjects and Impersonals in Null-subject Languages

Dative Subjects and Impersonals in Null-subject Languages

(p.275) 10 Dative Subjects and Impersonals in Null-subject Languages
Japanese Syntax in Comparative Perspective

Hiroyuki Ura

Oxford University Press

It has been reported that all the languages with the dative subject construction (DSC) always allow the null subject of a tensed clause, but all the languages with the null-subject construction do not necessarily allow the DSC. This chapter accordingly explores what differentiates the null-subject languages without the DSC from the ones with the DSC. Ura attempts to solve the question through analyzing the impersonal construction in Japanese and comparing it with the one found in Malayalam and Kannada. In the course of the investigation, a theory concerning inherent Case and its relevance to θ-assignment at LF is developed and elaborated significantly.

Keywords:   A-movement, complex predicate, dative subject, experiencer, impersonal construction, inherent Case, null subject, θ-role assignment

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