Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This article explores the two major approaches to the Japanese ga/no (nominative/genitive) conversion (GNC) phenomenon: the DP approach by Miyagawa and Ochi, and the non-DP approach by Hiraiwa. It compares the strengths and weaknesses of each approach and then suggests a refined analysis that incorporates ideas from both. The article indicates that D licenses genitive Case, as in the DP approach, and that movement into Spec, DP is not involved in genitive Case licensing, as in the non-DP approach. It also describes the transitivity restriction on the GNC, which prohibits co-occurrence of an accusative DP with the genitive DP, and illustrates how it is handled with Miyagawa's proposal that there are two types of Tense (T) in Japanese. Investigation into the GNC in Japanese provides interesting implications for the general theory of syntax, especially with respect to the nature of operation Agree and the nature of Case systems.

Keywords: ga/no conversion, DP approach, non-DP approach, syntax, genitive Case licensing

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.