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On the Meaning of wh-(N)-ina and wh-(N)-itun in Korean

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Authors
Yun, Jiwon
Issue Date
2011
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.47 No.2, pp. 191-219
Keywords
wh-expressionsquantificationuniversalfree choiceconditional
Abstract
This paper provides a compositional semantics of wh-expressions followed by the particles -ina and -itun. Although those expressions have often been considered as semantically identical in the literature, a closer scrutiny reveals that wh-(N)-ina is essentially a universal quantifier, whereas wh-(N)-itun is a free choice item. I propose that the two constructions are derived from the same structure, i.e., alternative conditionals, but the different derivational processes yield their different quantificational forces. Specifically, wh-(N)-itun is synchronically an alternative conditional with ellipsis, wh-(N)-ina has become a distributive universal operator via reanalysis.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/86471
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 47 Number 1/2 (2011)
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