Datapoint for feature 60A and language wals_code_jpn

Discuss WALS Datapoint for feature 60A and language wals_code_jpn.

2 Responses to “Datapoint for feature 60A and language wals_code_jpn”

  1. joan Says:

    I will not pretend to be an expert, but according to my understanding of this, japanese should be in the adjectives-relative clauses collapsed, because:

    genitive is usually expressed with the “no” particle:
    yama no hana = mountain’s flower
    watashi no jidoosha = my car

    while (most) adjectives are treated like verbs in a lot of ways:
    akai hana = red flower
    akakatta hana = the flower that was red (lit. : red-in-the-past flower)

    procrastinating again, *sight*

  2. Justin Olbrantz (Quantam) Says:

    As Joan says, this answer isn’t quite right. Japanese uses two separate types of adjectivals commonly. As indicated by this feature value, it is common to use genitive phrases where English would use an adjective. However, as Joan describes, adjectival relative clauses using stative verbs are equally common for this purpose. Thus no single value of this parameter is fully accurate.

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