Quantifiers, Binding, and Agreement

Namkil Kang


The main goal of this paper is to argue that Korean pronouns must be phi-feature-compatible with their antecedents, whereas Korean reflexives are not. It is worth pointing out that Korean pronouns are sensitive to the number feature, whereas Korean anaphors are not. A major point to note is that every-type QPs have a Q feature that is plural in its number, whereas which-type QPs have an optional Q-feature that is singular or plural in number. A further point to note is that Korean pronouns are sensitive to phi-features, which is in accordance with Safir’s (2014) hypothesis that “D-bound anaphora must be feature-compatible with its antecedent”. With respect to Korean pronouns, it is worth noting that Safir’s hypothesis does not work for Korean pronouns since they induce a bound variable reading through the phi-feature agreement. Finally, it is significant to note that Korean anaphors are not feature-compatible with antecedents and that they yield a bound variable reading regardless of their phi-features.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/selt.v9n3p33


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