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The Subjectivity of Japanese Compound Verbs related to the Co-occurrence with Onomatopoeia : A Case Study of ‘V+tsukeru’

Kim, Kwangsung 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Previous studies about Japanese compound verbs mainly focused on the way of combination or semantic extension. Most of them basically supposed that one compound verb has one meaning. It means that they neglected looking into the subtlety of the meaning and the usage of compound verbs. That’s why this paper focused on the subjective meaning and usage of compound verbs. This paper tried to posit a part of the subjective meaning and usage of compound verbs by analyzing the co-occurrence relations between ‘V+tsukeru’ and onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia could be an effective index to analyze the subjective meaning and usage because it reflects the embodiment and conceptualization of a conceptualizer. The analysis showed that onomatopoeia could be a useful index to look into more objectively how each ‘V+tsukeru’ is related to cognitive domains. It is possible to analyze logically the reason why certain compound verbs have co-occurrence relations with certain onomatopoeia. But it is quite difficult to prove and predict the inevitability of the co-occurrence relations. That is one of the reasons why we need to investigate each expression using corpus data. This time, the object of the study was ‘V+tsukeru’. But it is necessary to look into other cases of compound verbs because comparing various cases of compound verbs could help to grasp the characteristics of subject meaning and usage of Japanese compound verbs.

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