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The Formation and Meaning of ‘Hyeop’(狹)-type Geological Name

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2009, (71), pp.113-133
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Cho, Hang-bum 1

1충북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The key to the interpretation of the meaning of a geological name is ‘antecedent,’ because the whole meaning of the name is decided by the meaning of antecedent. But antecedent is not fixed but transformed, and then is interpreted in various ways. This thesis studies geological names with antecedents, which indicate ‘hyeop,’ and examines various kinds of antecedents, how they change their forms, and the way they are interpreted when their forms change. Among antecedents which indicate ‘hyeop’ are ‘ganeul-’ type, ‘jop-’ type, and ‘sol-’ type. Their basic antecedents are ‘ganeul-’/‘ganeun,’ ‘jop-’/‘jobeun,’ and ‘sol-’/‘son’/‘soreun.’ And they change variously and make a variety of transformational antecedents. Transformational antecedents are interpreted in their original meaning, but if their morphological motivation weakens or loses, they are interpreted in different ways. In this case, the meaning of the geological name is reinterpreted and changes. For example, ‘ganibong,’ which comes from ‘ganeunbong’ is interpreted not as ‘small peak’ but as ‘a peak which looks like ‘got’(Korean traditional hat made of bamboo and horsehair).’ Any geological name’s antecedent has a very complicated transformation process. But the process is not always irregular. It has its own regular rules. If the rules are understood and applied properly, correct interpretation of a geological name’s meaning will be possible, however hard it was transformed. Therefore, for the right interpretation of a name’s meaning, it is essential to know the transformation process of a antecedent properly.

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