Papers in JapaneseVol. 51976-77LinguisticsA JUSTIFICATION OF THE FEATURE [+AUX] IN JAPANESE*Adrian AkmajianandUniversityChlsato KitagawaofArizona1. INTRODUCTIONThe existence of the categorial node 'Aux', encompassing typicallyTense and some Modal elements, is assumed in the majority of the generativeworks on Japanese hitherto published (e.g. Prideaux 1966, Soga 1966, Inoue1969, Kuno 1973, and Nakau 1973). In none of these works, however, hasthere been made provisions for 'Aux' as a syntactic feature. Neither issuch a feature discussed in Smith 1970 and Sawada 1975, which explicitlydispense with the Aux node. The only conspicuous exception to date isInoue's (1976:117-123) postulation of the feature [+Zyodoosi] ('(+Aux]')in support of her controversial Mokuteklgo Kuriage Kisoku ('Object Raising').In this respect, therefore, the generative treatment of Japanese auxiliariesexhibits a rather interesting contrast to what has taken place with English,where, while the issue concerning the existence or non-existence of Auxas a categorial node has generated considerable debate, the need for'Aux' as a syntactic feature has been accepted, if somewhat reluctantly Insome cases, by a number of linguists on both sides of the controversy (cf.Ross 1969, Akmajian and Wasow 1975, and Pullmum and Wilson 1977).The purpose of this paper is to show, mainly by means of re-examinationof Harada's 1976 study of Subject Honorification, that, In
Journal of Japanese Linguistics – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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