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English Loanwords and the Word-Final [t] Problem in Korean

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Authors
Stuart, Davis; Kang, Hyunsook
Issue Date
2006
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.42 No.2, pp.253-274
Keywords
loanwordsEnglish word-finalmorphophonologyKoreanOptimality Theory
Abstract
English nouns that are borrowed into Korean as ending in [t] are lexicalized as if they ended in /s/. While some researchers have suggested that the lexicalization of word final [t] as /s/ reflects a general weakening process or involves something specific to loanwords, we will argue that the borrowing of English word final [t] as lexical /s/ in Korean is purely a matter internal to the morphophonology of Korean. While our claim is not a new claim since the idea is present in some of the recent literature, the detailed analysis of this within Optimality Theory and its formal connection to cases of paradigm leveling elsewhere in Korean nominal morphology as well as to diachrony is original.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86404
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 42 Number 1/2 (2006)
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