Ellipsis in Cleft Constructions
Chapter 5 is an extension of our investigation of cleft constructions in Japanese; in particular, we will examine so-called ‘sluicing’ in the language. It has been proposed in previous research that, unlike English elided structures, Japanese sluicing is derived from cleft constructions (Kizu 1997, Kuwabara 1995, 1996, Nishiyama 1995, Nishiyama, Whitman and Yi 1996). In this analysis, presuppositional clauses are phonologically empty or deleted given an appropriate linguistic antecedent, and only focus phrases occur in elided sentences.
KeywordsPrefix Verse Interrogative Sentence
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