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The Function and System of Deixis in Korean

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2011, 36(), pp.1-37
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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1안양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to clarify the definition of deixis by considering the history of the notional development, and to delimit the function and system of deictics in Korean. Intrinsically deixis is based on pointing something with reference to the speaker’s self-identificational center. Cross-linguistically, the center has several dimensions and deictics(deictic expressions) have been developed following the distinguishable positions in each dimension. I tried here to list up Korean deictics systematically in those dimensions as person, place, time(this far traditional ones) and discourse, social, subjectivity-related(extended ones). One the one hand, this is a kind of descriptive study and I anticipate this can be a useful source for more exhaustive ones in the future. One the other hand, this can have some theoretical implications. I hope this also can offer a perspectival shifting point in the research of Korean semantics to the direction of onomasiological way.

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