Case, Argument Structure, and Word Order

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Routledge, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Over the years, a major strand of Miyagawa's research has been to study how syntax, case marking, and argument structure interact. In particular, Miyagawa's work addresses the nature of the relationship between syntax and argument structure, and how case marking and other phenomena help to elucidate this relationship. In this collection of new and revised pieces, Miyagawa expands and develops new analyses for numeral quantifier stranding, ditransitive constructions, nominative/genitive alternation, "syntactic" analysis of lexical and syntactic causatives, and historical change in the accusative case marking from Old Japanese to Modern Japanese. All of these analyses demonstrate an intimate relation among case marking, argument structure, and word order.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Numeral quantifiers and thematic relations
17
2 Telicity stranded numeral quantifiers and quantifier scope
44
3 Argument structure and ditransitive verbs in Japanese
64
4 Nominalization and argument structure Evidence for the dualbase analysis of ditransitive constructions in Japanese
92
5 Genitive subjects in Altaic and specification of phases
122
6 The genitive of dependent tense in Japanese and its correlation with the genitive of negation in Slavic
146
7 Blocking and Japanese causatives
169
8 Blocking and causatives revisited Unexpected competition across derivations
195
9 Historical development of the accusative case marker
217
10 The Old Japanese accusative revisited Realizing all the universal options
259
Notes
274
References
301
Index
319
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Shigeru Miyagawa is Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Head, Foreign Languaages and Literatures, MIT. He works on issues of syntax and morphology using a variety of languages including those in the Altaic family and particularly Japanese.

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