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ERIC Number: ED357654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Null-Expletive Subject in Japanese.
Terada, Michiko
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v18 p91-110 1993
In the current Government and Binding framework, every sentence must have a subject. When the matrix subject position is non-thematic, it is filled by an expletive. Japanese, however, lacks an overt expletive. This raises the question of whether the language has an expletive which is null, or raises an embedded subject to the matrix subject position. It is argued that Japanese does indeed have a null-expletive in the course of discussing how a negative polarity item behaves in a so-called 'raising' construction. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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