Papers in Japanese LinguisticsVol. 51976-77CONDITIONS ON CONTEXTUAL DELETION*—APreliminary A n a l y s i s —Kazuaki HojoFukui UniversityINTRODUCTIONThe X-wa Y da pattern sentence such as Boku-wa unagi da, which washitherto considered to be a mystery in the syntax of Japanese, has recentlybecome a target of inquiry made by such linguists as Muraki, Okutsu, andKawamoto. ^ Muraki was the first to formalize the rule oto derive this X-waY da pattern, which he called Contextual Deletion rule.This paper isnot so much an attempt to investigate the way to derive the pattern as anattempt to explore the conditions under which this X-wa Y da pattern canbe derived. In its exploration, our attention will be focuced mainly on theenvironment where two sentences are juxtaposed, the first one supplyingthe context and the second one being the X-wa Y da sentence.99100SITUATIONAL CONTEXTUAL DELETIONI.(I) Boku-wa unagida.'(lit.) I am an e e l . 'Although it is not clear who started using sentence (1), it is somehow acelebrated example favorably used by linguists as a representative ofX-wa Y da pattern under discussion. This type of sentence has attractedlintuists' attention due to the fact that (1) can really mean a great number ofdifferent things depending on the
Journal of Japanese Linguistics – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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