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An HPSG Approach to English Comparative Inversion

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Authors
Park, Dongwoo
Issue Date
2017
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.53 No.2, pp. 203-230
Keywords
English comparative inversionconstruction-based approachword order domain approachfocus inversion, HPSG
Abstract
It has been analyzed that the word order of English comparative inversion is analogous to that of other subject-auxiliary inversion constructions, in that only a finite auxiliary verb (i.e., the highest auxiliary) can be followed by the subject. However, English comparative inversion must be distinguished from other inversion constructions, since the subject can be located between a cluster of auxiliary verbs and the non-auxiliary phrase in English comparative inversion. Existing analyses of subject-auxiliary inversion cannot account for this special kind of inversion. This paper proposes a new phrase type, called inv-focus-cl, for English comparative inversion within the framework of constructionbased Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). Additionally, I suggest that constraints on properties of lexemes participating in the inv-focus-cl are governed by the construction-based approach, while the word order of English comparative inversion is determined by independent rules that determine the word order of lexical items, as the word order domain approach suggests.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/135155
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 53 Number 1/3 (2017)
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