Null Subjects in Northeast English

Bailey, Laura R. (2011) Null Subjects in Northeast English. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics, 17 (1). pp. 23-45. ISSN 2041 -1057. (Full text available)

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Abstract

This paper presents data and analysis relating to null subjects in spoken colloquial English. While English is not a „pro-drop‟ language (i.e. subjects must usually be overt), a corpus of speech collected on Tyneside and Wearside in 2007 shows that null subjects are permitted in finite clauses in certain contexts. This paper analyses these examples and follow-up questionnaires, and compares the data with the other types of null subject described in the literature (pro-drop, topic-drop, early null subjects, aphasics‟ null subjects and „diary-drop‟), ultimately concluding that the colloquial English phenomenon is most closely related to diary- drop.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: syntax, null subject, pro-drop, Tyneside, Wearside, Geordie, English, 'diary-drop',
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Laura Bailey
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 17:05 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 11:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42736 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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