S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Foreign Language Education Research Institute (외국어교육연구소) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research, FLER) 외국어교육연구 (Foreign Language Education Research) vol.16 (2013)
A Topic-Drop Analysis of Null Subjects In Korean EFL Learners Interlanguage
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- 서울대학교 외국어교육연구소
- 외국어교육연구, Vol.16, pp. 17-33
- null subject ; pro-drop analysis ; MUH (Morphological Uniformity Hypothesis) ; topic-drop analysis
- This paper investigates whether there is a correlation between the development of agreement and the unlearning of
null subjects and also how the null subjects of Korean EFL learners interlanguage are represented in topic-bound
positions. The results of this study show that the unlearning of null subjects does not necessarily help the
development of the third person singular morpheme like previously put forth by pro-drop analysis, which
disconfirms the long-lived belief, MUH (Morphological Uniformity Hypothesis). On the contrary, the results also
show that the positions of null arguments actually conform to the positions of topic-bound positions, which leads to
the suggestion of the topic-drop analysis of null subjects.
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