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A Resultative Adverbial Approach to Korean Resultative Constructions

  • 인문논총
  • 2020, 51(), pp.39-62
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.51.2
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 31, 2019
  • Accepted : February 10, 2020
  • Published : February 28, 2020

Jongil Kwon 1

1경남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper presents a resultative adverbial approach to Korean resultative constructions (i.e., the [AP-key] constructions) against the null subject analysis in which secondary resultative predicate is a small clause containing PRO. On the basis of the observation that they are morpho-syntactically and semantically distinguished from English resultatives, I propose that some of resultative constructions in Korean can be analyzed as a resultative adverb. The most remarkable semantic feature of a resultative adverb is its capability to employ a local semantic subject. That is, a resultative adverb can have an individual subject separated from the main verb. I argue in this paper that Korean resultative constructions as resultative adverbs must not include any aspectual markers (e.g., –eci). Also, I argue that Korean resultative adverbs can be treated as a Pseudo resultative. After all, Korean resultative constructions cannot be analyzed as a uniform semantic phenomenon.

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