KeywordsJapanese language – Syntax
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AbstractIn Japanese linguistics, multiple nominative sentences, passives and causatives have been widely discussed both in the fields of traditional grammar and generative grammar. Some arguments, mainly in generative grammar, are overviewed; and some counterarguments are presented. Furthermore, these constructions, which have been treated separately from each other in the grammar, are discussed together. Some interactions of these constructions, which have various types, are shown, with focus on one particular type in each construction. This particular type involves a relationship of two NPs, namely, an NPx -no NP relationship (NP's NP). In addition, with the utilization of bound morphemes such as sase (the causative morpheme), the lexical approach, which is a recent trend in generative grammar, is taken and defended.