Two Different Types of Verb Phrase Fronting Constructions in Korean

Suyoung Bae 1 ,
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1Dongguk University
Corresponding Author: Post-Doc Researcher, Department of English Language and Literature, Dongguk University, 298 Pildong-ro, 1st 30, Chung-gu, Seoul 04620, Korea, E-mail:

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Received: Jul 08, 2022 ; Revised: Aug 17, 2022 ; Accepted: Aug 20, 2022

Published Online: Aug 31, 2022


In this paper, I attempt to investigate two forms of verb phrase fronting constructions in Korean: 1) verb doubling VP fronting and 2) do-support VP fronting constructions. First, I lay out common properties of the two constructions and show that verb phrase fronting constructions in Korean involve verb phrasal movement rather than being base-generated in the left-periphery. Furthermore, I observe that the two VP fronting constructions exhibit differences regarding the verb types and negation. I argue that these differences are caused by the variation in the size of the targeted materials for fronting and its interaction with the syntactic constraint, a type of the Condition of the Extraction Domain (CED).

Keywords: VP fronting; do-support; verb doubling; CED; phase



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