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A Study on the Colloquial Final Ending '-잖아(요)' for Korean Language Education

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (79), pp.307-328
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

-잖아(요)' is a colloquial final ending that is widely used by Korean native speakers; However, it is not easy to select the learning stage and the learning contents of '-잖아(요)' because of its morphological feature and various usage. Grammatical position of '-잖아(요)' is ambiguous since it is an abbreviated form of phrase that is a combination of more than one word, and the meaning of '-잖아(요)' in real utterances is far from the original meaning; Thus, it is not easy to trace its meaning from the etymology and to regard it as an independent grammatical element, either. For this reason, there is few study on '-잖아(요)' so far. A systematic education of '-잖아(요)' is strongly needed for foreign learners to comprehend the conversation of Korean native speakers better and to adapt themselves to life in Korea efficiently because '-잖아(요)' is an expression of high frequency in everyday conversation of Koreans. Therefore, this study is to prepare a foundation that seeks an effective learning method for Korean language education for foreigners by looking into various meanings and usage of '-잖아(요)', the colloquial final ending, accurately, and by suggesting an efficient learning order considering the function and the meaning of '-잖아(요)'.

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