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A Diachronic Study on the Syntactic Structure of Korean Intransitive Verbs

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2004, 14(), pp.169-195
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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1고려대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Hwang, Kuk-Jung. 2004. A Diachronic Study on the Syntactic Structure of Korean Intransitive Verbs. Korean Semantics, 14. This article aims at the systematic investigation for the formation of ‘NP-lul’ argument in the structures of intransitive verbs used in the 15th century. All the intransitive verbs of the 15th century were made an object of this study. The study includes the diachronic aspects of the structures and the change of them in the Modern and contemporary Korean. In addition, the grammatical meaning of the syntactic change occurred in the structures of intransitive verbs is discussed centering around the ‘NP-lul’ argument. The newly generated ‘NP-lul’ from the structures of intransitive verbs can be divided with the type of -roles. There are ‘NP-lul’ arguments of ‘theme’, ‘source’, ‘goal’, ‘location’, and so on. The formation of ‘NP-lul’ argument in the structures of intransitive verbs has a very important grammatical meaning. It is due to the fact that the intransitive verb can obtain the transitivity by the argument. Since the intransitive verb plays a grammatical role as a ergative verb, the argument formation can be regarded as a meaningful change of grammar.

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