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Theoretical Comparative Syntax by Naoki Fukui

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2   LF extraction of naze

Some theoretical implications

1   Introduction

This paper investigates various facts, all of which are related to Logical Form (LF) extraction of naze “why” in Japanese. The wh-phrase naze has been assumed to be a typical adjunct wh-element in Japanese, i.e., the counterpart of English why, and consequently, its behaviour with respect to the Empty Category Principle (ECP) has been examined in the literature (cf. in particular, Lasnik and Saito 1984).

In what follows, I will present various new facts concerning LF extraction of naze, all of which point to the same conclusion – that the notion of barrier relevant to antecedent-government in particular, and to antecedent-trace relations in general, must be defined in ...

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