S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 45 Number 1/2 (2009)
Two Types of Inchoatives in Korean
- Kim, Kyumin
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.45 No.2, pp. 231-255
- The paper analyzes two different types of inchoatives in Korean, the I-inchoative and the zero inchoative, by examining their interaction with adjunct phrases as well as their morphological differences. I argue that the two types of inchoatives are similar in that they have the same event head VINCHO. This syntactic similarity explains the compatibility of a cause phrase and the locution 'by itself' with the two inchoatives. The two inchoatives also present syntactic differences. I-inchoatives have a defective Voice head (as do passives) while zero inchoatives do not have one. This difference explains the grammaticality of instrument phrases in I-inchoatives but not in zero inchoatives. The presence of the Voice head in I-inchoatives but the absence of one in zero inchoatives also accounts for the morphological difference between the two inchoatives.