Two types of possessive passives in Japanese

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2019

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Many East Asian languages have possessive passives, whose subjects are interpreted as the possessor of the direct object. This paper investigates Japanese Possessive Passives (JPPs) and proposes that there are two types of possessive passives in Japanese: one with a ‘by-phrase’ headed by ni (ni JPPs) and the other with a ‘by-phrase’ headed by ni yotte (ni yotte JPPs). While previous studies assumed that JPPs are a sub-type of indirect passive, I propose that such an analysis is untenable. Instead, JPPs exhibit the same dichotomy as ni-passives and ni yotte-passives exhibit (Kuroda 1979, Kitagawa & Kuroda 1992): While subjects of ni JPPs are base-generated like ni-passives, subjects of ni yotte JPPs undergo NP movement like ni yotte-passives.

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10.1075/consl.00008.che

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Chen, Yunchuan (2019). Two types of possessive passives in Japanese. Concentric. Studies in Linguistics, 45(2). pp. 192–210. 10.1075/consl.00008.che Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/19528.

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Yunchuan Chen

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

My research interests are experimental approaches to grammars, L2 acquisition and heritage languages. My research projects so far include Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Tibetan, Thai and Nuosu Yi. I am also interested in how to teach/learn foreign languages effectively with meaning-based approaches.  


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