This paper investigates the syntax of reciprocal verbal compounds in Japanese. It is argued that Nishigauchi's (1992) unified analysis of reciprocal verbal compounds faces some empirical problems. Instead, this paper proposes (i) that Japanese allows null reciprocals, in contrast to null reflexives, and (ii) that null nominal reciprocals play a crucial role in deriving reciprocity in Japanese reciprocal verbal compounds. The proposed analysis implies that -aw is not specialized for reciprocal interpretation.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin Table of contents
ISBN 978-1-57473-471-3 library binding
vii + 598 pages
publication date: 2017
published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project, Somerville, MA, USA