S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 44 Number 1/2 (2008)
A Study of Negative Conditionals in Korean:-takanun and -esstakanun
- Lee, Chang-Bong
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.44 No.2, pp. 299-318
- This paper aims to characterize the semantic world of two negative conditional markers in Korean: -takanun and -esstakanun. I argue that -takanun is constrained to conditionalize a 'progressive' situation over a probable domain, whereas -esstaknun can be used to express a variety of conditional speaker attitudes such as GENERIC STANCE and UNCERTAINTY as well as COUNTERFACTUAL in the hypothetical domain. I also argue that -ess in the -esstakanun form should be viewed as the perfect aspect marker and it does a grammatical role of back-shifting, creating such a conditional reading as If it ever happens that ... .