Null Subjects in Northeast English

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Bailey, Laura R. (2011)
  • Publisher: Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS), Newcastle University
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This paper presents data and analysis relating to null subjects in spoken colloquial English. \ud While English is not a „pro-drop‟ language (i.e. subjects must usually be overt), a corpus of \ud speech collected on Tyneside and Wearside in 2007 shows that null subjects are permitted in \ud finite clauses in certain contexts. This paper analyses these examples and follow-up \ud questionnaires, and compares the data with the other types of null subject described in the \ud literature (pro-drop, topic-drop, early null subjects, aphasics‟ null subjects and „diary-drop‟), \ud ultimately concluding that the colloquial English phenomenon is most closely related to diary-\ud drop.
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