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A Study on Fossilization of Vocabulary and Etymology

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2002, 11(), pp.93-118
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

김지형 1

1慶熙大學校

ABSTRACT

Kim Ji-hyung. 2002. A Study on Fossilization of Vocabulary and Etymology. Korea Semantics, 11. It takes a long time for a word to be fossilized. Therefore, it is not easy to categorize the aspects of word fossilization into a few categories. In addition, it is more difficult to categorize the aspects of word fossilization than to categorize other linguistic units because a type of lexical change is too complicated.To find out a presumed fossilized form of an archaic word and to make it clear the origin of linguistic elements, it should be based on the etymological study. Based on this etymological study, we will be able to understand the general diachronic changes of the lexical system of Korean language. And then, we could further explain the synchronous lexical system.This study tried to find out the interrelationship between the diachronic changes and synchronic lexical system of Korean language. More accurate and systematic study need to be done in the future. Through these studies, we can overcome one obstacle so-called “insufficiency of materials” of Korean studies.

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