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Overgenerated be from Topic Marker to Verbal Inflection

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Authors
Kim, Kitaek
Issue Date
2011
Publisher
서울대학교 외국어교육연구소
Citation
외국어교육연구, Vol.14, pp. 1-22
Keywords
overgenerated betopic markerverbal inflectionfunctional categoryinterlanguage
Abstract
This study explores the morpho-syntactic properties of the overgenerated be that appears between a subject and a thematic verb (e.g., she is go home) produced by Korean-speaking English learners, and discusses how the overgenerated be reflects L2 inflection development. I argue that the overgenerated be initially functions as a topic marker, but then develops into a verbal inflection. A total of 377 writings of 23 first-year Korean middle school students were examined for the study. The students were divided into three groups based on their English proficiency. The overgenerated be was found mostly in the two lowest proficiency groups: the lowest proficiency group used the overgenerated be as a topic marker, while the medium proficiency group used the overgenerated be as a verbal inflection to mark tense.
ISSN
1229-5892
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/95889
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