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A Syntactic Analysis of Multiple Subject Construction and Information Structure

  • 인문논총
  • 2017, 42(), pp.3-22
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : February 28, 2017

Jongil Kwon 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper presents a discourse-based analysis of Korean Multiple Subject Constructions (henceforth, MSCs). In our analysis, we support the view that there is no case stacking in the MSCs since Korean case markers are not always direct morphological realizations of case assignment, but they often reflect certain information structure roles (e.g. topic or focus). In analyzing two types of Korean MSCs (i.e. descriptive verb construction and psych verb construction), we take a stand against the popular view that a MSC is a single semantic phenomenon. Rather, adopting the well-known hypothesis that prosody is an important factor to determine the discourse roles of arguments, we suggests here that a MSC can have multiple readings with reference to the prosodic features of the MSC. In particular, when a focal stress falls on the first DP of the MSC, the other unfocalized DP cannot be treated as subject. Instead, we propose that the second DP of the MSC can be analyzed as a VP-internal complement. This is clearly distinct from the traditional analysis, where the second DP of the MSC is always regarded as subject. After all, there is no uniform theory to capture all the grammatical phenomena of Korean MSCs.

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