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A Study on the Usages of the Pronoun “Kunye”

An, Sojin 1

1울산대학교

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ABSTRACT

An, Sojin. 2015. A Study on the Usages of the Pronoun “Kunye”. Korean Semantics, 50. The pronoun “kunye” has several traits which differentiate it from other pronouns, primarily due to its short history and its introduction into Korean as a literary language. The most prominent difference is that “kunye” is used in limited situations. The purpose of this study is to describe the characteristics of the third person female pronoun “kunye” with a particular focus on its scope of usage. A detailed description on the usage of “kunye” is necessary, as its distinctive traits and usage cannot be sufficiently explained by deeming that it is often used in written language and is “mostly used in novels.” Consequently, this study analyzed the usage of “kunye” by categorizing the texts in which “kunye” appears. In written language, “kunye” is frequently used in novels, within which it serves as a marker of the protagonist. In non-fiction writings, “kunye” is most frequently used in introductions of people in the spotlight. “Kunye” is also used to refer to female characters in popular culture, such as in lyrics. On the other hand, “kunye” rarely appears in spoken language. In everyday conversations, the quintessential spoken language, there are no instances of “kunye” functioning as a pronoun. “Kunye” frequently appears in less colloquial texts which deliver information, such as broadcast news and lectures. Its usage in colloquial speech is relevant to how colloquial the text is.

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