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A Study on the meaning extension of Korean verb 'ciluta' in terms of congnitive linguistics

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2009, 30(), pp.181-204
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yi Kyeong-Soo 1

1상명대학교

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ABSTRACT

Yi, Kyeong-soo. 2009. A Study on the meaning extension of Korean verb 'ciluta' in terms of congnitive linguistics. Korean Semantic, 30. This study aims to explain the phenomenon that Korean verb '지르다' acquire new meaning in terms of cognitive linguistic perspectives. This verb recently has obtained 'buying', 'impulsive purchase' except existing meaning but it seems quite difficult to find a close analogy between new meaning and existing meaning. Therefore I employ the following concepts to explain the process of meaning extension: prototypical meaning, image scheme and metaphor. Cognitive linguistics is so useful to inquire into polysemous word. First, I summerize dictionary definitions and investigate the practical uses through the corpus to define a prototypical meaning of verb '지르다'. Second, this study tries to demonstrate the process of meaning extension based on the basic concepts of cognitive linguistics: image scheme, embodiment, metaphor. Finally, this study demonstrates that the new meaning of verb '지르다' originated from its prototypical meaning and the embodied experience exerts influence on meaning extension in speech community.

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