The Null Subject Phenomenon
One of the most noticeable characteristics of early language is the frequent absence of lexical subjects. Sentences like those in (1) have been attested in every study of the early periods in the acquisition of English (McNeil, 1966; Gruber, 1967; Menyuk, 1969; Bloom, 1970; Braine, 1976, among others). The following (non-imperative) sentences, taken from Bloom (1970), are representative of the general phenomenon.
KeywordsRelative Clause Subject Position Null Subject Tense Feature Tensed Sentence
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