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The Syntax of VP Ellipsis in Korean

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Authors
Park, Myung-Kwan
Issue Date
1997-12
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.33 No.4, pp. 629-648
Abstract
This paper argues against the existence of VP ellipsis in Korean. The
constructions examined below are the Main Verb Only construction, the
auxiliary verb construction and the stripping construction. The first
construction, which Otani and Whitman (1991) argue as involving VP
ellipsis, is better analyzed as containing null pronominal pro rather than
null VP. The second construction, which can be considered as a
counterpart of the VP ellipsis construction in English, does not allow VP
ellipsis at all. The last, third construction, which Kim (1996) argues as
resulting from VP ellipsis, should be treated on a par with the
pseudocleft construction independent of VP ellipsis. It is suggested below
that absence of VP ellipsis in these constructions is attributed to lack of
tense which undergoes overt Spec-head Case checking relation, and of a
head-governing free-morphemic positive or negative marker in Korean.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86088
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 33 Number 1/4 (1997)
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