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On the sociolinguistic variation of Korean mirative markers ‘-kuna’, ‘-ney’ and ‘-ta’

Yongjoon Cho 1 하지희 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the sociolingustic variation of Korean mirative markers -kwuna, -ney and -ta, through an experimental method. A 7-point Likert scale task was adopted for this purpose. The participant’s age was the significant social factor of the observed linguistic variation, but gender does not play any significant role. Particularly, the elderly generation prefers -kwuna for a mirative marker, but this tendency declines for young generation. -ta seldom functions as a mirative marker for elderly generation, but it gets an independent status as the mirative marker for young generation. The negative semantico-pragmatic properties of -kwuna affects this change.

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