Functional Projections of Nominals in Japanese: Syntax of Classifiers*

  title={Functional Projections of Nominals in Japanese: Syntax of Classifiers*},
  author={Akira Watanabe},
  journal={Natural Language \& Linguistic Theory},
  • A. Watanabe
  • Published 1 February 2006
  • Linguistics
  • Natural Language & Linguistic Theory
Japanese allows the numeral + classifier combination to appear in a variety of positions in relation to the head noun. This paper argues that it is necessary to posit at least four functional projections above NP (#P, CaseP, QP, and DP) and massive phrasal movement of such functional projections in order to provide a principled account for the structural diversity of the numeral + classifier combination in Japanese. New evidence from minimizer expressions and pseudopartitives, which have not… 

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