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On the Distinctive Property of the Proper Name

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2008, 27(), pp.103-126
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Park Jaeyon 1

1아주대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to find the distinctive property of the proper name. The criterion that the proper name is the name which has only one referent or has no connotative meaning cannot explain our intuition of judging the names of products(having many referents in the world) or the names of texts(having connotative meanings in general) to be the proper names. I insist that the distinctive property of proper name is in the idiosyncrasy of the process of generating it or listing it to the lexicon. A common name can be listed to the lexicon only if the native speakers in linguistic society approve that word. However, a proper name can be listed to the lexicon as soon as the authorized person performs the naming ceremony without the procedure of people's approval. On the basis of this criterion, we can explain our intuition of judging persons' names, names of products, names of texts, and specific natural kind terms as proper names.

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