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



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 


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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

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

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