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Denotation and Connotation of Proper Names

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2012, 37(), pp.185-214
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Park Jaeyon 1

1아주대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to investigate the semantic property of the proper names. First, I examine the criterion that the proper names are the names which have unique referents. It must be revised because proper names can have plural or uncountable referents. I suggest that the referents of proper names are not unique but homogeneous. Second, I examine deictic property of proper names. I insist that the characteristics of proper names are quite different from those of pronouns and rather similar to those of common nouns. Third, I investigate the connotational meaning of proper names. Proper names have semantic duplicity of motivational meaning and real encyclopedic meaning. Motivational meanings are divided into three kinds: identificational, descriptive, desirable. Even though proper names can not be interpreted into other languages in general, some proper names can be translated. This is also an evidence of the existence of motivational meaning.

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