Nagai, Miho

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    Syntactic Positions of Bare NPs in Turkish: Some Implications from Aspect and Prosody
    (2012-05-01) Nagai, Miho; Özçelik, Öner
    This paper proposes that internal arguments of verbs in Turkish do not uniformly occur in the complement position of the verb (contra e.g. Perlmutter 1978, 1989). We focus on syntactic positions of bare arguments in Turkish on the basis of aspectual (Aktionsart) properties of VPs (e.g. Vendler 1967) and prosodic structure. Looking at syntactic locations of low adverbs, we argue that bare internal arguments of Turkish achievements occur in SpecVP while those of accomplishments occur in the complement position of V.
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    Japanese Multiple Nominative Constructions: The View of Antisymmetry
    (2010-01-01) Nagai, Miho
    This paper focuses on multiple nominative constructions (MNCs) in Japanese, pursuing the question of how nominative ga-marked phrases are syntactically licensed. MNCs in Japanese, in which more than one ga-marked phrase can occur within a clause, have widely been studied by a number of linguists (e.g. Fukui, 1986; Heycock, 1993; Kuno, 1973; Takezawa, 1987; Tateshi, 1994; Vermeulen, 2005; Whitman, 2001). A previous view with regard to syntactic positions for ga-marked phrases in Japanese MNCs is that each ga-phrase appears in multiple specifiers (Specs) (or multiple adjunction) of TP (e.g. Hiraiwa, 2001; Ura, 1996; Vermeulen 2005). I argue, however, that each ga-marked phrase does not occur in multiple Spec positions, but rather, they occur in different projections. Following Kayne’s (1994) Antisymmetry approach, the analysis presented here provides good evidence that multiple Specs are not available at PF, which accordingly shows that (i) the LCA is a PF constraint and that (ii) phrase structure follows Antisymmetry. It naturally follows that each ga-marked phrase and its predicate in an MNC are always mediated by a (functional) head.