A further step towards a minimalist analysis of Japanese -no
Tomoko Ishizuka
June 2018

This paper examines the Japanese particle no in the possessive and qualitative/modification constructions by comparing it to Kayne’s (1994) analysis of the French particle de in his Antisymmetry Framework, and proposes that these complex noun phrases in Japanese are best analyzed as involving subject relativization out of reduced relative clauses. I present new data, which falsify the well-accepted idea that no in the modification construction is a meaningless particle inserted at PF simply for morphological adjustment (Watanabe 2010). I also discuss the NP-ellipsis pattern, which has motivated the traditional dichotic approach in Japanese literature, and show that a consensus that the availability of NP-ellipsis depends on the argument status of the stranded possessor cannot be maintained once a wider range of data are taken into consideration. Lastly, arguments against den Dikken & Singhapreecha’s (2004) predicate inversion analysis of no are presented.
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keywords: possession, reduced relative clauses, antisymmetry, genitive, linker, morphology, syntax
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