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제목 Subjectless as-parenthetical Constructions in English: A Corpus-based Approach
저자 Seulkee Park & Jong-Bok Kim
권/호 제29권 / 4호
출처 93-112
논문게재일 2021-12-31
초록 Park, Seulkee & Kim, Jong-Bok. (2021). Subjectless as-parenthetical constructions in English: A corpus-based approach. The Linguistic Association of Korea Journal, 29(4), 93-112. As-parenthetical constructions usually include either a sentential or predicate gap, but they can also have a subject gap. In this paper, we first investigate the authentic uses of subjectless as-parenthetical clauses, referring to the extracted corpus data. One of the key issues that emerges from the corpus data is that the subjectless as-clause is missing an expletive subject gap as well as a clausal complement gap. The subject gap is construed as a proposition containing a proper predicate for the antecedent. Our corpus findings show that the predicate type in subjectless as-clauses determines whether the expletive subject it is elided optionally or obligatorily. Based on the observed properties, we suggest that subjectless as-parenthetical constructions are base-generated rather than derived from deletion operations. Our corpus-based view can account for the idiosyncratic properties of subjectless as-parenthetical constructions in a streamlined manner.
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