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Object control in Korean

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Abstract

This chapter presents and analyzes three constructions associated with object control in Korean. The constructions differ in the case marking and position of the controllee. We show that in one of these constructions, the controllee, marked in the nominative, appears in the embedded clause. At first glance this construction (which we refer to as NOM) resembles other attested cases of backward object control; however, based on primary evidence and processing data, we argue that it is an “impostor”. It instantiates non-obligatory control, with the nominative in the embedded clause co-indexed with the null pronominal object in the matrix. Since the embedded clause is adjoined to the main clause, binding violations do not occur.

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