The Existence of Pseudoclefts in Japanese
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Libraries
Citation:Harada, Masashi. "The Existence of Pseudoclefts in Japanese." Buckeye East Asian Linguistics, vol. 3 (October 2018), p. 43-52.
This paper demonstrates that Japanese also has pseudocleft constructions that correspond to pseudoclefts in English. Despite the term pseudocleft being well known in the Japanese literature, the existence of the construction has been assumed without much justification. Thus, this paper demonstrates its existence based on two defining properties of pseudoclefts that are often adopted in the literature. In so doing, this paper also proposes a new structure of the grammatical subject of Japanese pseudoclefts. Interestingly, this paper concludes that the subject is a relative construction headed by a phonologically null noun. In addition, this paper may contribute to the study of constructions related to Japanese pseudoclefts such as conventional copular sentences, clefts, and some clausal elliptical constructions.