A-scrambling and subjecthood in Korean: An experimental approach

James Hye Suk Yoon, Ji Hye Kim

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Abstract

The present study investigated whether thelocal/A-scrambling of non-subject NPs toclause-initial (a potential subject) position canturn them into controllers of subject propertiessuch as Honorific Agreement and PluralCopying. The study was motivated by findingswhich showed that A-scrambled non-subjectscan control some subject properties, such asreflexive binding, from the scrambled position.An experimental study was conducted withKorean native speakers using MagnitudeEstimation to test the acceptability of thesentences with subjects and scrambled nonsubjects functioning as the controller of theseproperties. Overall results revealed thatscrambled non-subjects cannot control thesesubject properties, despite the fact thatscrambling could have placed them in a subjectposition (SpTP). Implications of the findingsfor the research on subject properties in Koreanand more generally are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages814-822
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2018
Event32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Dec 1 2018Dec 3 2018

Conference

Conference32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2018
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period12/1/1812/3/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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