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What is a subject?

 

Definition
 

A subject is a grammatical relation that exhibits certain independent syntactic properties, such as the following:

 
 

The identification of the subject relation may be further confirmed by finding significant overlap with similar subject relations previously established in other languages. This may be done by analyzing correspondence between translation equivalents.

Generic
  A subject is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 293

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 224

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 205

 

Mish 1991 1174

 

Pike and Pike 1982 458–459

 

Andrews, A. 1985 68–69, 103–117

 

Comrie 1989 66


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