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A study on the process of interpreting Korean dependent-verbs based on simulation semantics

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2010, 31(), pp.249-282
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This study is aimed to develop a model which is able to explain the process of decoding Korean dependant verbs. Korean dependent verb has been a notoriously intriguing assignment for linguists, because it is characterized by fuzziness of meaning and grammatical category. Generative grammarians have assumed that dependent verb is a pure grammatical category which functions in autonomic way without meaning. But, from the view of Cognitive Linguistics this idea is seriously problematic. The foundation of Cognitive Grammar is that language is a symbolic structure which consists in the linkage of a semantic and a phonological structure. Simulation Semantics which is founded on the cognitive-neuroscience and experiential method also argues that there are no category without meaning. The irony is that despite the nature of generative grammar, many linguists have focused on the meaning of Korean dependent verbs. Consequently, there is seemingly no area of the subject that needs to be explained further besides some arguments over the membership problem of the category. But, that is not an essential matter but only a by-product of authentic analysis. In this study authenticity of analysis is supported by the psychological reality of Simulation Semantics, and the focus is shifted from the resultant meaning to the process of meaning interpretation. Conclusively, the Korean dependent verbs are adequately illustrated in detail by our simulation model, and this demonstrates the meaningfulness of Korean dependent verbs on the other hand.

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