The Light Verb Construction in Japanese

The role of the verbal noun

Tadao Miyamoto | University of Victoria
ISBN 9789027227508 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556199134 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027294913 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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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“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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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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