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On the tension between synchronic standardization and lexical diffusion of the ‘바래-’(to wish) class of verb paradigms in Korean

Jeonseung Choi 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

The topic suggested for this paper is the effect of linguistic developments and synchronic standardization. I take the assumption to be tested here is the hypothesis to the effect that language change is as well as was in the past balanced between language development and standardization. I illustrate this with one aspect of the recent lexical diffusion or spreading of the innovation paradigms of verb class ‘바라->바래-’(to wish) in addition to other similar cases of verb stems, such as ‘놀라->놀래-(to be surprised), 모자라->모자래-(to be deficient), 나무라->나무래-(to reproach)’ et cetera in now-days Korean. As a result, out of this study concerned, I could draw a concluding remark that a on-going natural morphological change with regard to suffix '-i' in synchronic Korean can be slowed or stymied by the process of standardization and enforcement of strict written various form of norms. All in all, I'd like to suggest in this paper that the tension between natural developments in folk spoken language and strict standardization has led to a linguistic rift between every day life of communication and Modern Korean.

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