Title

A study of the Japanese reflexive pronouns, zibun and zibun-zisin

Semester

Spring

Date of Graduation

1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

Committee Chair

Michael E. Reider.

Committee Co-Chair

Ahmed Fakhri

Committee Member

Johan Seynnaeve

Abstract

The behavior of various types of anaphors may be classified into two types, local and long-distance anaphors. The English reflexive 'himself' and the Japanese reflexive 'zibun' representatively characterize the two types of anaphors. They contrast in that 'himself' is a local anaphor, whereas 'zibun' is a long-distance anaphor. Japanese has another reflexive pronoun, `zibun-zisin', and it behaves more similarly to himself. The standard binding theory (Chomsky (1981)) regulates the behavior of local anaphors; however, the behavior of long-distance anaphors cannot be explained. One proposal for this matter is to invoke parameterization, which defines a language-specific binding domain for anaphors. Within this analysis, both local and long-distance anaphors are treated under Principle A of the standard binding theory. This thesis will examine the difference in the binding domain between 'zibun' and 'zibun-zisin'. To capture the difference accurately, some peculiar behaviors of 'zibun'/'zibun-zisin' such as backward reflexivization are also investigated with reference to recent linguistic studies.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS