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‘The Semantics of ‘mas(-i) issta((It) tastes good)’ - Focusing on the Monosemy of Collocation-

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2020, 69(), pp.105-127
  • DOI : 10.19033/sks.2020.9.69.105
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : August 12, 2020
  • Accepted : September 18, 2020
  • Published : September 30, 2020

Kim Jin Hae 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to find the best methods to interpret the meaning of the Korean collocation ‘mas(-i) issta’. Blunly, it attempts to clarify why the combination of the words ‘taste(mas)’ and ‘be, exist(issta)’, which have the meaning of ‘have taste’, is interpreted to have the meaning of ‘have good taste’. We first examined three kinds of interpretation methods.: (1) The predicate ‘issta(be, exist)’ is interpreted to have the meaning of ‘good’. However, this is difficult to select as it can also be interpreted as having meanings such as ‘bad’, ‘long’, ‘a lot (of money)’ (2) The default value of the noun ‘mas(taste)’ is assumed to be ‘good taste’. However, this is rejected as ‘taste’ cannot always be interpreted as ‘good taste’. (3) There is a method that abandons uni-direction and views ‘taste’ and ‘be, exist’ to be subjects of co-selection. However, co-selection is a hypothesis that cannot be selected as it falls into a circularity of explanations. An alternative method is to hypothesize that ‘have taste’ forms a single semantic unit. This views that monosemy of meaning is established through configuration stages of phrases and not words. Therefore, units of meaning are formed in phrasal units.

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