Case Absorption and WH-Agreement

  • Akira Watanabe

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Akira Watanabe
    Pages 1-23
  3. Akira Watanabe
    Pages 24-63
  4. Akira Watanabe
    Pages 64-169
  5. Akira Watanabe
    Pages 170-243
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 244-274

About this book


This book is an extensively revised version of the core part of my 1993 MIT doctoral dissertation, which seeks to provide a Minimalist theory of Case absorption and support it through empirical investigation. The central idea pursued is that impoverishment of phrase structure is responsible for Case absorption and that the right theory of Case checking should derive this property. Although the basic line of research on Case absorption and wh-agreement remains the same, this book incorporates a lot of new results. A principied theory of Case checking and Case absorption has been worked out in Chapter 1. Treatment of participial constructions in Chapter 3 and wh­ agreement in Chapter 4 is far more systematic and comprehensive. Chapter 2 is also streamlined, together with refinements of the analysis of Romanian. The product, I hope, is a more convincing def ense of the strength of the Mi ni mal ist approach. I would like to thank my thesis committee members Ken Haie, Noam Chomsky, and Howard Lasnik, under whose guidance this project started.


Index Nominativ Syntax aspect object passive progressive subject syntactic

Authors and affiliations

  • Akira Watanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Kanda University of International StudiesChibaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4744-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8615-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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