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Re: Genitives NPs as Relative Clauses

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, November 16, 2001, 12:06

Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> writes:
> Japanese. _No_ is both a genitive particle and a relative clause marker > (also, informally, a question marker). For example: > > Watashi wa otoko ga jitensha o nusumu NO o mimashita > I topic man nom bicycle acc steal NO acc. saw > I saw a man stealing a bicycle
That seems to be an example of an internally headed relative clause. Can this also mean `I saw that a man was stealing a bicycle'? The structure is almost identical to what Tyl-Sjok does (although the embedded clause is totally unmarked there). For the sentence you wrote, there should also be the externally headed relative clause, but please do not hit me for mistakes, I speak not a word of Japanese. I'd expect: Watashi wa jitensha o nusumu no otoko o mimashita. Is there at least a construction similar to this? I wonder whether there is a `ga' missing, but I wouldn't know where to put it. :-) **Henrik


Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>