Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Wiley-Blackwell Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


New from Brill!

ad

Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


Book Information

   
Sun Image

Title: The Syntax of Possession in Japanese
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Description:

Possession is one of the most widely studied topics in the generative grammar. Recently there has been increasing interest in the syntax and semantics of possession. Although many studies have been conducted on European languages, research on possessive constructions in Japanese has been quite sparse. This is regrettable because Japanese presents us with an interesting showcase of possessive syntax in virtue of a wide range of constructions and their intricate properties. Attempting to fill this gap, The Syntax of Possession in Japanese offers an in-depth study of the sentential possessive expressions in Japanese. The author gives a comprehensive overview of the background issues, critically evaluates previous studies, and proposes new analyses incorporating many recent developments in the minimalist program. The primary focus of the study is on the question of how possessive semantics is represented in syntax at the sentential level when there seems to be no designated verbs of possession. It presents new pieces of empirical data that shed light on some of the crucial questions regarding syntactic encoding of possessive semantics, including, (i) How are possessive expressions are related to other ostensibly similar constructions such as existential/locatives? (ii) How are different types of possessive relationships (e.g., inalienable vs. alienable) encoded in syntax?

This book is a welcome addition to scholarship on syntactic theory, the syntax of possession, and Japanese linguistcs.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415941628
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 208
Prices: $65.00