The Light Verb Construction in Japanese: The role of the verbal noun (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 29)

The Light Verb Construction in Japanese: The role of the verbal noun (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 29)

By: Tadao Miyamoto (author)Hardback

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This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in Japanese, which consists of the verb "suru" `do' and an accusative ("o") marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on the role of "suru": whether "suru" in "VN-o suru" functions as a light or heavy verb. The previous studies attempt to disambiguate "VN-o suru" formations by relying solely on examining whether "suru" can be thematically light or not. This study argues that the ambiguity does not stem from the `weight' of "suru" but from its accusative phrase: whether it is headed by a thematic (complex event) VN or non-thematic (simple event) VN. Using a principles and parameters approach and employing ideas from conceptual semantics and theories of aspect, this study demonstrates that the characterization of "VN-o suru" formations arises not from the dichotic behavior of "suru" but from the dichotic behavior of the accusative phrase.

Contents

1. Abbreviations; 2. List of Tables; 3. Preface; 4. 1. Introduction; 5. 2. Types of Nominals; 6. 3. Mono- vs. Bi-Predicational VN-o Suru; 7. 4. Control Structure; 8. 5. A Conceptual Semantic Analysis; 9. 6. A Syntactic Analysis; 10. 7. The Unaccusative Hypothesis; 11. 8. Closing Remarks; 12. References; 13. Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789027227508
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9789027227508
  • weight: 450
  • ISBN10: 9027227500

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