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The Argument Alternation and the Semantic Interpretation of Homomorphic Causative/Passive Verbs in Korean.

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2006, 21(), pp.51-73
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Kim Yoon-shin. 2006. The Argument Alternation and the Semantic Interpretation of Homomorphic Causative/Passive Verbs in Korean. Korean Semantics, 21. This paper aims to examine the argument alternation and the semantic interpretation of Homomorphic Causative/ Passive Verbs in Korean. In Korean, some causative verbs and passive verbs are said to have the same morphology and to be ambiguous, that is, causative or passive meaning. This paper classifies 40 homomorphic causative/passive verbs into 4 types based on various argument alternation and explains the meaning interpretation based on causative event and reflexive relation. Among 4 types of Homomorphic Causative/ Passive Verbs, type A and B cannot take a reflexive theme while type C and D can. Also, type A and B are ambiguous, while type C and D have dominant passive meaning with causative one. This shows that causative and passive are closely related to each other based on causative event and reflexive relation.

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