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English Auxiliary Constructions and Related Phenomena: From a Constraint-based Perspective

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Authors
Kim, Jong-Bok
Issue Date
2002
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.38 No.4, pp. 1037-1076
Keywords
English auxiliarynegationinversioncontractionVP ellipsisHPSGconstraints
Abstract
As noted by Sag and Wasow (1999, p. 295) the English auxiliary system involves a relatively small number of elements interacting with each other in complicated and intriguing ways. This has been one of the main reasons for making the system the most extensively analyzed empirical domains in the literature on generative syntax. This paper shows that the precise lexicon information on auxiliary verbs and constructional constraints sensitive to the presence of an auxiliary verb can play important roles in predicting various related properties. In particular, facts such as linear ordering restrictions among auxiliaries can directly follow from the precise subcategorization information on the auxiliary verbs. It also shows that constructional constraints can explicitly express generalizations among auxiliary-sensitive phenomena such as negation, inversion, contraction, and ellipsis, which we would otherwise miss.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86218
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 38 Number 1/4 (2002)
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