Antisymmetry and Japanese

Richard S. Kayne

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    This chapter discusses antisymmetry and returns to the question of prepositions, by addressing the question of how the syntax of postpositions is to be integrated into the above-verb phrase (VP)/internal Merge approach. The proposal is that sentences with postpositions contain an extra double of P that sentences with prepositions lack; if this is correct, the difference between prepositional and postpositional sentences has something in common with cross-linguistic differences concerning clitic doubling. The emphasis is on certain aspects of the antisymmetry hypothesis of Kayne and to a certain extent on their implications for Japanese. The starting point is the hypothesis that syntactic structure is universally and without exception of the form specifier-head-complement (S-H-C): the complement of a head invariably follows that head; the associated specifier invariably precedes both head and complement. This S-H-C hypothesis is taken to hold at all stages of a derivation, both before and after movement.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationMovement and Silence
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199788330
    ISBN (Print)9780195179163
    StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


    • Antisymmetry
    • Complementizers
    • Japanese language
    • Prepositions
    • Sentences
    • Specifier-head-complement hypothesis
    • Syntax
    • Word order

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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