On Verb Raising

Hideki Kishimoto

in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307344
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

On Verb Raising

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This article describes the issues and controversies surrounding verb raising in Japanese by looking at the null-object construction, unusual coordination, and emphatic verbal sequences. It explores the three constructions that have been discussed in the Japanese linguistic literature and delineates how they might answer the question of whether overt verb raising takes place in Japanese. The article illustrates some of the core data used to argue for or against overt verb raising. Moreover, some of the controversies regarding the analysis are outlined. Japanese is an agglutinative language, in which discrete verbal heads are coalesced into a single complex predicate morphologically. If verb raising has syntactic consequences, it must constitute part of the grammar of syntax (despite some recent theoretical skepticisms raised on syntactic head raising).

Keywords: verb raising; Japanese linguistic literature; verbal sequences; syntactic consequences; syntax; grammar; syntactic head raising

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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