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The Meaning of Genitive Noun Phrases

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2005, 17(), pp.125-149
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

최정혜 1

1순천향대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study focuses on the meanings and semantic relations in Korean genitive noun phrases, 'Noun-ui Noun'. Chapter 2 presents the 4 [entity] classes and 7 [modality] classes on Korean nouns; the four are [person], [spatial things], [animate], [inanimate] and the seven are [singular argument events], [plural argument events], [phenomenon], [abstraction], [time], [space], [unit]. And also chapter 2 supposed two principles on the genitive noun phrases; one is 'patternization' which is about semantic relations, the other is 'reduction' which is about meanings. Chapter 3 examines the meanings and semantic relations of the 11 genitive noun phrases. In [entity]-final noun phrases, the meanings are follow the final noun(semantic head)'s semantic property; [person], [spatial things], [animate], [inanimate]. The semantic relations of [entity]-final noun phrase are ≪kinship≫, ≪belonging≫, ≪purpose≫, ≪possession≫, ≪production≫, ≪correlation≫. In [modality]-final noun phrases, the meanings are not match the final noun's semantic property. There are ≪agent one-sided action≫ which represents the [modality]'s property as well as ≪possession≫, ≪kinship≫ which show the typical [entity]'s property.

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