Case morphology and island repair∗

Masanori Nakamura

in Sluicing: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199645763
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Case morphology and island repair∗

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It has been suggested that in certain languages including Japanese (Fukui and Sakai 2003), morphological case is licensed in PF. If case in Japanese is indeed a PF phenomenon, then it is expected to interact with sluicing, regarded as involving PF deletion. Interestingly, this expectation is fulfilled: In Japanese, unlike in English, island violations caused by movement of case-marked NPs apparently cannot be repaired by sluicing (Takahashi 1994), whereas those caused by (argument) PPs can. It is shown that a mechanism of cyclic case-marking in post-Spell-Out Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993), coupled with the assumption that Morphology exhibits an Anti-connectivity Effect is able to capture the patterns observed. The analysis lends additional support both to the deletion theory of sluicing and the assumption of parametric variation between English-type languages, where structural Case checking takes place in syntax, and Japanese-type ones, where morphological case assignment takes place in Morphology.

Keywords: sluicing; Japanese; case theory; locality

Chapter.  7356 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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