Pseudogapping in Japanese
Hideharu Tanaka, Shintaro Hayashi
April 2018

Supporting Funakoshi's (2016) claim that pseudogapping (PG) is possible in Japanese, this paper addresses how different or similar Japanese PG and English PG are. While we claim that they are uniformly characterized as movement of the remnant (Move-R) out of VP ellipsis (e.g. Jayaseelan 1990, Lasnik 1995), our new observations show that they crucially differ in whether Move-R may occur out of the following three types of clauses: (i) finite clauses, (ii) subject-control clauses, and (iii) object-control clauses. We propose to derive this difference by drawing a distinction in the identity of Move-R in each language, where English Move-R is identified with an overt instance of Quantifier Raising (e.g. Johnson 2008) while Japanese Move-R is identified with what we call semantically non-vacuous scrambling. Finally, based on the properties of Japanese PG, we argue that there is a potential limitation with Thoms's (2016) scope parallelism approach, in that it cannot be readily carried over to the analysis of Japanese PG.
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Reference: lingbuzz/003991
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Published in: To appear in Japanese/Korean Linguistics 25
keywords: vp ellipsis, verbal noun, quantifier raising, scrambling, negative concord, scope parallelism, syntax
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