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Linguistic Inquiry

Winter 1998, Vol. 29, No. 1, Pages 127-152
(doi: 10.1162/002438998553680)
© 1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Null Object and Sloppy Identity in Japanese
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Abstract

I demonstrate that the null object construction (NOC) in Japanese cannot be analyzed on a par with VP-ellipsis (VPE) in English, contrary to the suggestion made in Huang 1988, 1991 and Otani and Whitman 1991. I argue that what are considered to be “sloppy identity readings” in these works are not genuine sloppy identity readings, and I argue that such readings arise quite independently of the alleged VPE status of the NOC.