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Case and Coordination in Japanese
Reiko Vermeulen
417-425 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper deals with a type of coordination in Japanese in which non-syntactic units, such as [indirect object, direct object, quantifier], appear to be coordinated. A further peculiarity of this kind of coordination is that the coordinator can be duplicated on the second conjunct and be followed by a case marker. Such data gives the impression that the conjuncts are nominals and the whole coordinate structure is case-marked. Against this view, it is argued here that the case marker in fact belongs to the quantifier inside the second conjunct, but surfaces in the observed position due to a phonological process that realizes it and the coordinator in a reversed order. The proposed analysis is compatible with an alternative approach to this type of coordination that treats the conjuncts as remnant VPs. Moreover, the claim that the whole coordinate structure is case-marked is shown to make some incorrect predictions.

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Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Donald Baumer, David Montero, and Michael Scanlon
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