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The Distribution of Multiple Subject Constructions in Korean

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Authors
Suh, Sungki
Issue Date
2003
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.39 No.4, pp. 839-857
Keywords
multiple subject constructionstativityverbal aspectsentential aspectcontextual factorcharacterization
Abstract
It has often been observed in the literature that multiple subject constructions(MSCs) are acceptable only with stative predicates. While the notion of stativity can play a role in accounting for the distribution of
MSCs, the analysis based on verbal aspect sometimes leads to incorrect predictions. In this paper, it is argued that in order to explain the acceptability of MSCs consistently, sentential aspect rather than verbal aspect must be considered, and also contextual factors must be taken into account. It is also pointed out that those contextual factors can be subsumed by the notion of characterization in Jang (1998). Meanwhile, MSCs beginning with a subject associated with location need a special treatment since it can be regarded as a locative phrase as well as a subject, and hence a double subject construction can be licensed even if its predicate belongs to activity predicates or characterization relation does not hold.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86255
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 39 Number 1/4 (2003)
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