In this paper, I investigate Japanese reported speech, which shows mixed behavior in terms of direct and indirect speech. I show that Japanese has shiftable indexical items which do not conform to the generalization established by Kuno (1988). I argue that a particular complementizer (to) is monstrous, and that indexicals in its c-command domain are shiftable. Finally I investigate consequences of the proposed analysis for the left periphery of Japanese.
Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Wm. G. Bennett, Lindsay Hracs, and Dennis Ryan Storoshenko
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