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The Korean Case System: A Unified, Constraint-based Approach

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Authors
Kim, Jong-Bok; Choi, Incheol
Issue Date
2004
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.40 No.4, pp. 885-921
Keywords
Koreangrammatical/semantic casecase alternationauxiliary constructionsHPSGconstraint-based
Abstract
One of the most complex phenomena in Korean is its case system. In addition to canonical case assignment patterns, it displays intriguing phenomena such as case stacking, case alternation, case on adverbs and verbal elements, and so forth. This paper extends the idea of the previous lexicalist analyses of Korean case such as that of Bratt (1996), Yoo (2002), and Choi (2003), and develops a constraint-based system that allows more tight interactions among lexicon, syntax, and semantics. Lexicon provides concise, flexible, non-redundant information syntax specifies appropriate constraints in combining words or phrasal elements with proper case information lexical semantics restricts the right semantic case value on the predicate's argument(s). This analysis allows us to provide a unified approach for the various case patterns in Korean and is much simpler in capturing the aforementioned case phenomena with more broad coverage.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/90786
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 40 Number 1/4 (2004)
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