Japanese is well known for its wide range of ways to morpho-syntactically differentiate the encoding of arguments. The so-called topic marker wa is one option, which topicalizes arguments as well as other sentence elements. Zero anaphora is another option, in which arguments may be encoded in the fully attenuated zero form. The array of encoding types is extended further in colloquial Japanese, including the zero particle, which is also known as particle omission, and the postpredicative encoding, which is often labeled as postposing.
KeywordsNoun Phrase Direct Object Argument Type Indirect Object Active Referent
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