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

  • Akira WatanabeAffiliated withDepartment of English, Bungaku-bu, University of Tokyo Email author 

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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.


Classifiers Genitive case Japanese Nominal ellipsis Numeral classifiers