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[+Topic]-driven EPP Satisfaction in the Acquisition of English by Korean Speakers
So-Young Kim
212-223 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


One main approach to the L2 acquisition has been whether the EPP is related to the acquisition of the morphological properties. In this paper, however, the author adopts a different approach. She argues that [+topic] is one option of the EPP, which is attributable to the predicational nature of the interlanguage grammar of Korean speakers learning English. The interlanguage is predicational, requiring that a predicate be saturated by taking either a topic or a subject. The author proposes a transitional syntactic category, FP, between the L1 Top(ic)P and the L2 IP. The head of FP is occupied by [+topic]. If [+topic] is operative, FP Spec is occupied by a topic. If not, FP spec is occupied by a subject. The interlanguage EPP involves complex interactions between the L1 and the L2.

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Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA)
edited by Alyona Belikova, Luisa Meroni, and Mari Umeda
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