UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 14 (2002)
Ga ga constructions in Japanese
The Japanese nominative particle ga can mark a subject, a possessor of a subject, an adjunct and the object of a stative predicate. A prevalent view is that a tensed head licenses more than one nominative phrase in multiple specifier or adjoined positions in one projection (Heycock 1993, Ura 1996, among others). I argue, however, that such a head licenses exactly one nominative phrase and that proxy categories are created for multiple licensing (Nash & Rouveret 1997). The distribution of ga is further regulated by an interpretational rule that treats it as a focus particle in sentence-initial position.