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A Corpus-based Semantic Study of Deictic Motion Events in Korean

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2009, 29(), pp.177-199
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

Lee Jeong-Hwa. 2009. A Corpus-based Semantic Study of Deictic Motion Events in Korean. Korean Semantics, 29. This paper is a corpus-based semantic study of deictic motion events in Korean from the cognitive linguistic perspective. Deictic motion verbs have exhibited various grammaticalization patterns across languages. Two Korean deictic motion verbs ‘kata/ota’ are used to describe aspectual as well as directional concepts in serial verb constructions. This study examines how the semantic distribution of the serial verb constructions is reflected in their actual uses. Based on corpus data, Korean reveals some significant difference in the usage distributions of ‘kata/ota’, despite the similarity in their semantic distributions. The corpus data also indicates the difference in the extent to which they have undergone semantic development. Such difference in the usage distributions reflects the shifts in the conceptual organization that take place alongside the grammaticalization processes.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.