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Masaaki Kamiya
Masaaki Kamiya

Kamiya Publishes Article

Posted December 20, 2009
Tags East Asian Languages and Literatures Japanese
Associate Professor of Japanese Masaaki Kamiya published an article, “Negation, Quantifiers, and A-movement in Nominalization in Japanese,” in Linguistic Analysis 35: 43-70, Special Issue on Phase Edge Investigations.

In the article, he argued that there are two types of movement in nominalization, A-movement and A-bar movement. In the literature, it is argued that when A-movement takes place in sentence, there is no trace behind it. The relevant evidence is the interaction between universal quantifier and negation. However, it has been difficult to see if this is applicable to DP/nominalization structure.

Kamiya tested the interaction between negation and universal quantifier in Japanese nominalization. The result shows that depending on where universal quantifier appears, it does or does not interact with negation. More precisely, when the universal quantifier appears at the subject position, there is no interaction with negation. This is because the type of the movement is A-movement and the motivation for this movement is to satisfy EPP. On the other hand, the universal quantifier in non-subject positions does interaction with negation because the type of the movement is A-bar movement (Quantifier raising). The current paper advanced the understanding the general template of syntactic structures and types of movement.

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