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On the Semantic Roles of Double Subject Constructions

Hongshik Yi 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this paper, double-subject constructions were analyzed as simple sentences. It is difficult to support the predicate clause theory because it has a problem with the generative process of a predicate clause. Furthermore, it is difficult to suggest a process that assigns a semantic role to the first noun phrases in double-subject constructions. Therefore, analyzing double-subject constructions as simple sentences can overcome such difficulties. To overcome the burden of setting two case frames to the verbs in double-subject constructions, we chose to analyze the first noun phrase of a double-subject construction as an adjunct. However, the problem of assigning a semantic role to the adjunct words remains. In this paper, the possessor role was given to the first NPs of a double-subject construction. The possessor role reflects the relationship between the first noun phrase and the second noun phrase in the double-subject construction. It is judged that it is not appropriate to reflect the relationship between the two components of the so-called topic and comment. When the topic is decided, the following elements add information by making the topic the object of the comment. To reflect this point in a semantic role setting, the theme role was given to the first noun phrase. However, the semantic roles were decided according to the semantic relationship within the sentence hierarchy. The topic-comment relationship was decided according to the discourse hierarchy. Therefore, the theme role cannot be assigned to the topic component. We suggest that the possessor role should be assigned to the topic component.

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