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Syntactic Metamorphosis : Clefts, Sluicing, and In-Situ Focus in Japanese

Hiraiwa, Ken and Ishihara, Shinichiro LU (2012) In Syntax 15(2). p.142-180
Abstract

In this article, we propose that three types of focus constructions in Japanese-clefts, in-situ focus, and sluicing/stripping-share the same underlying structure and are derived by syntactic "metamorphosis" from one structure to another. After revealing similarities between cleft constructions and in-situ focus constructions, we specifically propose that the latter underlies the former, which is derived by a focus movement followed by a heavy remnant movement. It is shown that various properties of cleft constructions follow from the syntax of in-situ focus constructions and movement operations. Then, it is further argued that cleft constructions underlie sluicing/stripping under certain conditions. The article also touches on the... (More)

In this article, we propose that three types of focus constructions in Japanese-clefts, in-situ focus, and sluicing/stripping-share the same underlying structure and are derived by syntactic "metamorphosis" from one structure to another. After revealing similarities between cleft constructions and in-situ focus constructions, we specifically propose that the latter underlies the former, which is derived by a focus movement followed by a heavy remnant movement. It is shown that various properties of cleft constructions follow from the syntax of in-situ focus constructions and movement operations. Then, it is further argued that cleft constructions underlie sluicing/stripping under certain conditions. The article also touches on the so-called clausemate condition found in multiple cleft sentences. A new set of data will be presented that poses a problem for syntactic explanations of this effect.

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  author       = {Hiraiwa, Ken and Ishihara, Shinichiro},
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  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Syntax},
  title        = {Syntactic Metamorphosis : Clefts, Sluicing, and In-Situ Focus in Japanese},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9612.2011.00164.x},
  volume       = {15},
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