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Meaning Acquisition of Korean Particle ‘(eu)ro’ in the Chinese and Japanese Learners’ Corpus

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2018, 60(), pp.1-22
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Jin Jeong 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is aimed at examining how learners of Korean language acquired and used the polysemy of Korean particle ‘(eu)ro’. the meanings of ‘(eu)ro’ were given in detail up to 16 in the dictionaries. In the prior study, the basic meaning of ‘(eu)ro’ was considered ‘path’, while ‘direction’ and ‘means’ were given in the Korean language textbooks. The data were collected in the Korean learners’ corpus and the results of analyzing the languages of Chinese and Japanese learners are as follows: Both Chinese and Japanese learners expressed 11 meanings using ‘(eu)ro’. Both groups of learners frequently used ‘(eu)ro’ to represent the ‘means’, especially the means of transport and the language. And as learners became more proficient, they used ‘(eu)ro’ to express a broader range of meanings. In addition, both groups of learners were also able to represent 9 meanings of ‘(eu)ro’ when they were intermediate level. This suggests that the polysemy of Korean particle can be acquired, and it can also occur in intermediate level.

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