On 'Picture Nouns' in Japanese

Irwin HOWARD, Agnes M. NIYEKAWA-HOWARD
1974 Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan  
The term 'picture noun' was introduced by Warshawsky (1965a Warshawsky ( , 1965b) to refer to a large class of expressions like picture of, description of, book about, etc., which behave quite exceptionally in English. The peculiarities of this class were first noted by Lees & Klima (1963) and they have been creating problems for syntactic theory ever since. It is not our purpose here to resolve the problem of picture nouns in English or in Japanese. In fact, it has not yet been recognized that
more » ... een recognized that such problems exist in Japanese at all. Our aims in this paper are: (1) to demonstrate that picture nouns behave peculiarly in Japanese as well as in English; (2) to show that they create a special problem for the currently accepted theory of passivization in Japanese; and (3) to stimulate research directed toward discovering further facts about picture nouns in Japanese and a more universal explanation of their peculiarities.
doi:10.11435/gengo1939.1974.66_59 fatcat:66akenh3abdalavogoueuu7afy