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A Study of Negative Conditionals in Korean:-takanun and -esstakanun

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Authors
Lee, Chang-Bong
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.44 No.2, pp. 299-318
Keywords
conditionalsnegative conditionalscounterfactualsdesirabilityback-shifting
Abstract
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 ... .
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/86442
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 44 Number 1/2 (2008)
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