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Prosody, priming and particular constructions: The patterning of English first-person singular subject expression in conversation

Torres Cacoullos, Rena; Travis, Catherine


Unexpressed subjects, though rare, do occur systematically in English. In this study, we seek to answer the question of what motivates speaker choice between expressed and unexpressed first singular subjects (i.e. I vs. an unexpressed, or null, pronoun) in a corpus of conversational American English. We find that the apparently widespread cross-linguistic constraint of subject continuity is bound to coreferential coordinating constructions with and, including lexically particular constructions...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2013.08.003


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