Journal of East Asian Linguistics

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 61–74

Notes on nominal ellipsis and the nature of no and classifiers in Japanese


DOI: 10.1007/s10831-009-9052-1

Cite this article as:
Watanabe, A. J East Asian Linguist (2010) 19: 61. doi:10.1007/s10831-009-9052-1


This paper investigates ellipsis within nominals in Japanese with reference to a wider range of data than that considered by Saito et al. (JEAL 17: 247– 271, 2008). It is shown that the interaction with ellipsis reveals two types of no, a genitive case particle and a linking element inserted morphologically. To accommodate the additional ellipsis data, the analysis that treats the numeral-classifier sequence as an adjunct to NP must be rejected.


ClassifiersGenitive caseJapaneseNominal ellipsisNumeral classifiers

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English, Bungaku-buUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan