The Light Verb Construction in Japanese

The role of the verbal noun

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This study deals with the so-called Light Verb Construction in Japanese, which consists of the verb “suru” ‘do’ and an accusative (“o”) marked verbal noun (VN). There have been unresolved debates on the role of “suru”: whether “suru” in “VN-o suru” functions as a light or heavy verb. The previous studies attempt to disambiguate “VN-o suru” formations by relying solely on examining whether “suru” can be thematically light or not. This study argues that the ambiguity does not stem from the ‘weight’ of “suru” but from its accusative phrase: whether it is headed by a thematic (complex event) VN or non-thematic (simple event) VN. Using a principles and parameters approach and employing ideas from conceptual semantics and theories of aspect, this study demonstrates that the characterization of “VN-o suru” formations arises not from the dichotic behavior of “suru” but from the dichotic behavior of the accusative phrase.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 29]  2000.  xiv, 232 pp.
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Table of Contents
Abbreviations
vii
List of Tables
ix
Preface
xi
1. Introduction
1
2. Types of Nominals
25
3. Mono- vs. Bi-Predicational VN-o Suru
53
4. Control Structure
95
5. A Conceptual Semantic Analysis
111
6. A Syntactic Analysis
137
7. The Unaccusative Hypothesis
171
8. Closing Remarks
209
References
213
Index
225
“This is a fine work exploring the interesting possibility of shifting the focus of research from 'suru' to VN, and presenting analyses of VN-o 'suru' forms from various perspectives while proposing several possible approaches. It provides useful data and food for thought for those working on LVCs not only in Japanese but in other languages.



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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  99046742