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The Meaning of the Conjunction 'kurona'

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2005, 18(), pp.23-48
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

신 지 연 1

1목원대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The function of Korean disjunction word 'kurona' is to cut off all the expectations or implicatures of preceding sentence so that the description of the following sentence can be liberated from any of the presuppositions of the preceding sentence. In result, the disjunction of two sentences has the effect of contrast. When there are lexical opposition or symmetrical arrangement of grammatical structure between the sentences, they might be interpreted as having an antagonistic relationship. But this antagonistic feature is not coming from the conjunction 'kurona' itself but the lexical of grammatical surroundings. 'kurona' just disconnect the flow of semantic relation of two sentences. In that case the contrast is objective. The targets of contrast, the preceding or following propositions which 'kurona' combines could be subjective or implicative. On the more, 'kurona' can block some part of implicatures of the preceding sentence. It is especially used for emphasis or development of text description. This function is not found for the endings of the similar function.

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