On the pseudo-small clause construction in Japanese: New evidence for A-movement out of a CP and its theoretical implications

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This paper provides new evidence for the availability A-movement out of a CP and considers its theoretical implications. The discussion concerns what I call the “pseudo”-small clause construction in Japanese, which has not received much attention in the literature. The pseudo-small clause construction shows a puzzling constraint on major subjects originating in complement clauses: the major subjects must receive accusative Case from a matrix predicate despite the availability of nominative Case within the complement clauses. To explain this constraint, it is proposed that (i) pseudo-small clauses are phasal CPs and (ii) the major subjects originating in the pseudo-small clause complements must undergo movement into a matrix theta-position, which takes place across the CP phase. It is also suggested that (i) Tense in Japanese moves to C, (ii) Standard Japanese has null complementizers, and (iii) the ban on A-movement out of a CP is explained in terms of the locality of Agree.

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Agree, improper movement, Inverse Case Filter, major subjects, phases, small clauses

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Takahashi, M., (2017) “On the pseudo-small clause construction in Japanese: New evidence for A-movement out of a CP and its theoretical implications”, Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2(1): 44. doi: https://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.92

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Masahiko Takahashi (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Yamagata University, 1–4–12 Kojirakawa-machi, Yamagata-shi, Yamagata 990–8560)

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