Pivot-Independent Relativization in Japanese

  • S.-Y. Kuroda
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 27)


It has generally been assumed that Japanese relativization consists of a simple process of deletion, in the relative clause, of a noun phrase coreferential with the noun phrase that the clause modifies. Thus, it has been believed that, as McCawley puts it, “a relative clause, whether restrictive or nonrestrictive, consists of a truncated sentence (specifically, a sentence which lacks the NP that is relativized over and any case markers that go with that NP”, and “the relative clause precedes the NP which it modifies”. 1 In a series of articles, I will present and discuss the claim that alongside this familiar type of relativization Japanese also possesses the type of relative clause which recently has increasingly drawn linguists’ attention and which is commonly referred to as ‘headless relative clause’.


Noun Phrase Relative Clause Direct Object Embed Clause Matrix Clause 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • S.-Y. Kuroda
    • 1
  1. 1.Departmenl of LinguisticsUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

Personalised recommendations