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Grammaticalization of Conditionals in Korean

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Authors
Koo, Hyun Jung
Issue Date
1999
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.35 No.4, pp. 543-558
Abstract
Conditionals have been widely investigated from the various theoretical perspectives. This paper explores the historical change of conditional markers from the perspective of the current grammaticalization theories. Using the translations of four different times of an identical text, Nokeltay, formal changes of the conditional markers and their frequency were counted and compared and sought interpretation of the result a la grammaticalization theories. Especially two representative conditional markers, -myen and -ketun, show specialization and generalization, through which -myen gained primacy in the function of conditionality marking. The functionally relegated -ketun is actively acquiring new discourse functions such as a sentential end marker signaling various semantics according to the speakers discourse strategy. This paper attempts to define how conditionals have long proceeded in the grammaticalization path and how novel functions are being created through communicative interactions.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/90831
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 35 Number 1/4 (1999)
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