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A study on the discourse marker functions of “ye/ne” in Korean through analyzing the Sejong Corpus

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2014, 22(1), pp.203-223
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics

임선희 1 Kim, Sun-Hoi 1

1중앙대학교

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ABSTRACT

The expressions called discourse markers universally have three shared features, that is, connectivity, optionality, and non-truth-conditionality (Schourup 1999). Kim (1989), Lee (1993), and Kang (2009) have shown that the expressions “ye/ne” in Korean have the propositional meaning in some cases, but exhibit these features in other cases. Based on these previous studies, where the various functions of “ye/ne” were classified, this paper investigates, focusing on their discourse marker functions, the function-based frequencies of “ye/ne” occurring in the spoken component of the Sejong Corpus. From this investigation, the following results are derived: First, “ye/ne” is used much more frequently as a discourse marker than as a propositional meaning form, second, their most frequently used function is a back-chaneling one, and last but not least, “ye/ne” is also used within a speaker’s turn very frequently and “ye/ne” in these cases is not used for responding to another's utterance, but for creating coherence or relating other discourse units.

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