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A Corpus Linguistic Analysis on the Degree Adverbs

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2011, 35(), pp.335-394
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Young Gyun Han 1 고은아 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to provide informations on the usage of the synonymous degree adverbs which emphasize the degree of modificand for compiling the learner’s dictionaries of Korean by examining the frequency, distribution and frequent combinations of the words in corpora. In the existing dictionaries, there aren’t sufficient explanations on the collocational restrictions and register distribution because of the lack of studies on this area. This paper focuses on ‘아주/매우/너무/되게’, which are the four most frequently used degree adverbs. The reference corpus of 137,270,000 words consisted of spoken language corpus, semi-spoken corpus, and written language corpus is used in this study. This study intends to 1) figure out the share of the degree adverbs on register, 2) extract the frequency of each register of degree adverbs and compare the results, 3) reveal the differences in meaning and characteristics of each degree adverb by examining the following words and categorizing them into word classes to see what kind of collocations are produced.

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