S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 46 Number 1/2 (2010)
On the Meaning and Distribution of TUL in Korean:Evidence from Corpora
- Kiaer, Jieun
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.46 No.2, pp. 257-272
- This paper aims to discuss semantics and pragmatics of the “so-called” plural marker TUL in Korean based on the distribution in the corpora and interviews. In this paper, I showed that the level of plurality which TUL represents is beyond truth-conditional and is instead “expressive”and context-dependent. That is, TUL-attachment is pragmatically decided rather than lexically decided. By attaching TUL, what the speaker aims to express is his/her commitment to explicitly convey the plurality of the argument. Furthermore, by using TUL, the speaker implies that the majority of the argument under discussion takes part in the ascribed event structure.