S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) SNU working papers in English language and linguistics SNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.14 (2016)
Subject ellipsis in spoken English
- Bae, Taek-Woo
- Issue Date
- SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language, Vol.14, pp. 1-22
- In this paper, I have shown that subject ellipsis in spoken context (SESC) may not be a morpho-phonological phenomenon as former analyses claim to be. The possibility of subject omission in the second matrix clause of a conjoined sentence plays a significant role in defining it as a syntactic phenomenon. Also, it is found that deletion of the subject preceding the contracted s is not SESC, for the contracted auxiliary is an affix, which makes it deletion of a morphological unit, not of a syntactic unit. However, the SBCG analysis of SESC is not as complete as it seems to be; it needs to be more refined as it cannot disallow precedence of certain adjuncts, which do not permit SESC, such as time expressions. Also, the fact the focus placed upon the subject inhibits SESC is not reflected in the SBCG construction description.