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Predicate Types and the Tense Marker -ess in Korean

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Authors
Song, Mean-Young
Issue Date
2002
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.38 No.1, pp. 1-29
Keywords
semanticsKoreantense marker -esspredicate types
Abstract
The tense morpheme -ess has been traditionally called a past tense marker in Korean linguistics. Despite this, it is compatible with either past time adverbials or speech- time-oriented ones. This may cause difficulty in dealing with -ess. After reviewing the previous treatments of –ess, specifically focusing on the view of -ess as a past tense marker and the view of -ess as an aspect marker, I claim that neither of them is sufficient to account for the distribution of -ess. As an alternative way, I argue in this paper that the grammatical function of -ess is dependent upon the nature of predicate types it is associated with-i.e. what types of predicates are combined with -ess plays an important role in predicting the meaning of -ess in a sentence. This might assist in understanding the grammatical function of -ess systematically, along with its semantics.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86196
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 38 Number 1/4 (2002)
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