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An Optimality-Theoretic Approach to Reduplication in Korean Ideophones

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Authors
Kim, Jin-Hyung
Issue Date
1997-12
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.33 No.4, pp. 737-752
Abstract
This paper examines the reduplication behavior observed in Korean
ideophones within the framework of Optimality Theory. We argue that
the various effects of reduplication, which can be largely classified into
two, segmental and templatic variation, are instances of the emergence of
the unmarked (TETU). This means that the more unmarked segmental
content and the more harmonious syllable template emerge only in the
reduplicant through the constraint ranking FAlTII-IO≫PHONO-C≫
IDENT-BR(McCarthy and Prince 1995).
To resolve the cases which seem to be quite asymmetric in terms of
the template, we propose the constraint •CLASH between the base and
the reduplicant, to the effect that they are, in fact, conspiring to improve
the syllable structure harmony, and show that no other than OT-based
approach can offer a generalized and consistent explanation about it.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86092
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 33 Number 1/4 (1997)
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