Da and the Zero Form as the Two Contracted Forms of the Japanese Copula

@inproceedings{Miyama2011DaAT,
  title={Da and the Zero Form as the Two Contracted Forms of the Japanese Copula},
  author={Mioko Miyama},
  year={2011}
}
This paper investigates copular constructions with nominal predicates in Japanese. Assuming the principles of Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz (1993)), it is claimed that the present tense form da is the morphologically contracted form of dearu, following Nishiyama (1999) and Watanabe (2011). Further, the zero form of the copula is taken into consideration, which previous researchers have not paid enough attention to. I propose that the zero form is another morphologically contracted… CONTINUE READING

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