Tense intervention effect in negative emphasis: A case study in Japanese

Yuki Ishihara


This paper investigates two types of predicate emphasis constructions in Japanese: the Affirmative Negative Emphatic Construction and the Emphatic Iterative Construction. It observes that a negative predicate cannot be in past tense in these constructions, and claims that a locality constraint holds between Emphasis and Negation. It suggests that a special property of a past tense form of negation in Japanese can be attributed to a morphological reanalysis.


emphasis, negation, past tense, Japanese

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4336

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