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The Form and Meaning of Sino-Korean Suffixals

Hwa-sang Hwang 1

1서강대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to examine the grammatical property of monosyllabic sino-korean suffixals in the constructions of ‘N1 N2+sino-korean suffixal’. Sino-korean suffixals are unusual in that they are morphologically(or phonologically) affixed to noun roots(N2), but they are semantically related to noun phrases(N1+N2). This is why they are also regarded to take phrases as their bases. From this point of view, sino-korean suffixals are syntactic elements, and the constructions of ‘N1 N2+sino-korean suffixal’ are syntactically and semantically analyzed to ‘[[N1+N2]+sino-korean affixal]’. But sino-korean suffixals are intrinsically morphological elements, because ‘N2+sino-korean suffixals’ have the grammatical status of a complex word. From this perspective, the constructions of ‘N1 N2+sino-korean suffixal’ are syntactically analyzed to ‘[N1+[N2+sino-korean suffixial]]’, but they are semantically analyzed to ‘[[N1+N2]+sino-korean affixal]’. The dual analysis like this is a very common phenomenon in the linguistic analysis. This phenomenon is known as bracketing paradox.

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