chapter  5
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Honorification as Agreement

This chapter addresses Bobaljik and Yatsushiro’s (2006) criticisms leveled at the analysis proposed in Chapter 4, specically, the claim that object honorication in Japanese can (and should) be assimilated to more familiar instances of (verb-object) agreement. It is shown that Bobaljik and Yatsushiro’s criticism is too weak to abandon the kind of analysis proposed in Chapter 4. I conclude that object honorication is indeed agreement, and that the most straightforward account of restrictions on object honorication should be couched in terms of Agree.