Restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses in Japanese: Antisymmetric approach
Tomoko Ishizuka
December 2008

Japanese is alleged to make no syntactic nor phonological differences between restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses (Kuno 1973, Inoue 1976, Fukui, 1986 inter alia). Contrary to this widely-adopted view, the paper shows that there is a syntactic distinction between the two types of relative clauses, refining the generalization proposed by Kamio (1977). The distinction can be brought out by the position of the demonstrative: when the relative clause follows the demonstrative, it can be interpreted only as restrictive, but when it precedes the demonstrative, both restrictive and non-restrictive interpretations are available. I will discuss how these facts can be made to follow from Kayne’s movement analysis (1994), which preposes the relative IP outside the D.
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keywords: antisymmetry, relative clause, non-restrictive relative clause, japanese, syntax
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