This dissertation examines a phenomenon known as 'case drop' in Korean, directing special attention to some subject-object asymmetries. In particular, the dissertation attempts to clarify the nature of the asymmetrical behaviors exhibited by the Nominative Case particle (-ka/-i) and the Accusative Case particle (-lul/-ul) of Korean in clauses and in fragment answers.
The goal of the dissertation is to convince the reader that what appear to be minor and peripheral empirical phenomena in fact reflect general properties involved in specific syntactic constructions, on the one hand, and the language-specific realization of possibly universal constraints imposed on the sound (or PF) aspects of linguistic expressions, on the other hand. Where relevant, cross-linguistic comparisons of related empirical phenomena in Korean, Japanese, and English are presented.
|Commitee:||Franks, Steven, LeSourd, Philip, Rodriguez-Mondonedo, Miguel|
|School Location:||United States -- Indiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Abstract case, Case drop, Fragment answers, Korean, Morphological case, Syntax, Visibility|
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