The goal of this squib is to tease apart two competing approaches to wh-scope marking, the direct-dependency approach and the indirect-dependency approach, by introducing Japanese wh-scope marking. The two approaches make different predictions regarding the type of the embedded clause in wh-scope-marking constructions. The embedded clause is regarded as declarative under the direct-dependency approach but as interrogative under the indirect-dependency approach. What is especially interesting in this respect is that Japanese wh-scope marking requires the embedded clause to be marked by the interrogative complementizer ka. Japanese wh-scope marking thus provides clear morphological evidence for the indirect-dependency approach.
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June 25 2021
Wh-Scope Marking in Japanese: Evidence for the Indirect-Dependency Approach
Online Issn: 1530-9150
Print Issn: 0024-3892
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Linguistic Inquiry (2021) 52 (3): 627–639.
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Yoshiki Fujiwara; Wh-Scope Marking in Japanese: Evidence for the Indirect-Dependency Approach. Linguistic Inquiry 2021; 52 (3): 627–639. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00379
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