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Exploring Nanosyntax$
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Lena Baunaz, Liliane Haegeman, Karen De Clercq, and Eric Lander

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190876746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190876746.001.0001

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A Note on Kim’s Korean Question Particles Seen as Pronouns

A Note on Kim’s Korean Question Particles Seen as Pronouns

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(p.111) Chapter 4 A Note on Kim’s Korean Question Particles Seen as Pronouns
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Exploring Nanosyntax
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Michal Starke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876746.003.0004

Kim (2011) observes that particles marking Korean clauses as interrogatives have the same shape as second person pronouns and proposes that this is because the particles are the addressee of a performative projection at the top of interrogative clauses. This chapter shows that this neat generalization is naturally implemented by phrasal spellout (and its Superset Theorem), including the fact that in some dialects the shape of some particles drift away from pronouns.

Keywords:   complementizer, question particle, Korean, phrasal spellout, nanosyntax

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