Here is the sentence (from the 日本語文法ハンドブック :

疑問詞が 「が」 「を」 以外の格助詞を伴う時はその格助詞の後にそのまま 「も」 を後接させます。

My guess : When the interrogatives are accompanied by a case-marking particle other than "が" and "を","も" can be added after that particle (without changing anything else).

1 : I don't understand why 伴う has a direct object though rikaichan says it's intransitive. From the examples I've seen, it seems to me that 伴う can either mean to accompany or to be accompanied by in the following way :

AがBに伴う。A accompanies B.
AがBを伴う。A is accompanied by B.

If that's the case is it transitive/intransitive? What does it mean exactly?

2 : I can't find any definition for 後接 (こうせつ?) in any dictionary that i have except an example sentence in the 和英大辞典 which made me guess that it meant "to be suffixed by".

But then, why is it :

疑問詞が 「。。。」 「も」  後接 させます。 The interrogatives let add も???

And not :

疑問詞が 「。。。」 「も」  後接 できます。 The interrogatives can be suffixed by も.

Or :

疑問詞が 「。。。」(自分を) 「も」  後接 されさせます。 The interrogatives let themselves be suffixed by も.

3 : Bonus point : Though I think I understand what they mean, I can't find any translation for 現場指示 and 文脈指示.

Is there any "official" translation for these words?


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1: see the @istrasci's comment. In short, Bを伴うA: A B comes at the same time; Bに伴うA, A comes after B.

2: 後接する literally means "to be connected after".

「も」が格助に後接する -- mo comes after case markers
格助詞に「も」を後接させる -- put mo after case markers

疑問詞 belongs to the first clause.

When question words are followed by case markers other than ga or wo,
one simply puts mo after the case marker.

3: I don't know if there is any offical translation, but I think place deixis and discourse deixis would be fine.

I saw some people use "spatial demonstratives", "anaphoric references" for the English titles of their Japanese papers as well.

  • Thanks, it's a lot clearer now, however, I see the transformation from an intransitive form to a transitive one by adding させる, but who becomes the subject then? If it's the reader, then shouldn't the imperative be used (like in your translation) 後接させてください? Or is the subject someone undefined : When question words are followed by case markers other than ga or wo, One simply puts mot after the case marker?
    – Alox
    Mar 6, 2014 at 10:28
  • @Alox, Yes, a subject is always required to be grammatical in English. Actually the subject is unspecific group of people, so one, we and you would all be fine. It's a little hard to explain, but I think it's a way to express something like common practice, like describing cooking procedures. Only in this situation, we use active forms rather than passive forms in Japanese. Other examples include ~という/読む/呼ぶ, (we name it, read it, call it). If you use passive forms, then it's just an objective observation, not a rule (of thumb). I don't know how to convey this sense in English.
    – Yang Muye
    Mar 6, 2014 at 14:50
  • Ok, that was the active form that was disturbing me the most (and why I was thinking about the sentence backwards with 疑問詞 as the subject of 後接させる). Thanks a lot.
    – Alox
    Mar 6, 2014 at 15:42

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