Ergativity and multiple subjects in Korean syntax

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dc.contributor.advisor Cox, Keith D. en_US Yoon, Man-Kun en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:40Z 2011-06-03T19:32:40Z 1979 en_US 1979
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1979 .Y66 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is to describe the phenomenon of multiple subjects in Korean. In SOV languages like Korean and Japanese, where double subjects (S + S + V), occur, the second subjects has a subject marker in the surface form, but functions as the object of that structure. This relationship is termed as ergativity: the hypothesis of this study is that ergativity accounts for double subject constructions. When the hypothesis is applied to double subjects, almost all of them are identified as ergative structures.Another typical characteristic of the Korean language is that when topicalization is applied to a possessive structure in the subject position, it produces two successive NPs. Subjectivalization can further be applied to both NPs resulting in two subjects. The same phenomenon occurs when it applied to a structure which has a series of NPs or Locatives. In a few rare cases, these double subjects precede the ergative structure which already has other double subjects. Then the structure might have as many as four subjects in the surface structure.
dc.format.extent vii, 93 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Korean language -- Grammar. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Korean language -- Syntax. en_US
dc.title Ergativity and multiple subjects in Korean syntax en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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