S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 09 Number 1/2 (1973)
Coherence in Korean "Auxiliary" Verb Constructions
- Sohn, Ho-Min
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.9 No.2, pp. 239-251
- 1. Verbs in Korean are traditionally classified as 'main' or 'auxiliary.' For example,
:sal 'lives' and silh 'is undesirable' in (l) are 'main' verbs, whereas siph 'is desirable' is an "auxiliary' verb.
Choi (1965: 244-45) classifies verbs as 'main' vs. 'auxiliary', depending on whether a verb can stand by itself in a predicative function or whether it necessarily follows another verb, thereby 'helping' it. When one applies this 'stand-by-itself' test to the above three verbs, as in (2), siph turns out to be 'auxiliary', because only (2c) is ungrammatical.