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Description and Explanation in Korean Linguistics

98 Korean Linguistics
Edited by Ross KING
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This volume brings together fifteen new papers on Korean linguistics originally presented at the Ninth International Conference on Korean Linguistics, 1994. Contributions range from phonetics and phonology, to syntax and grammaticalization, and address important theoretical issues from a wide variety of formal frameworks. The volume contains new research by established scholars like Gregory Iverson, Young-key Kim-Renaud, Susumu Kuno, and Joan Maling, as well as papers by relative newcomers to the field: Sung-ock Sohn, Jae-Hoon Yeon, Mark Vincent, Chang-Bong Lee and Yoon-suk Chung. The papers in this volume will be of interest to students and researchers in both general linguistics and Korean language and linguistics. | 390 pages


  • Contributors|  Introduction

Phonetics and Phonology

  • 1. The Effects of Prosodic Structure and Consonant Phonation on Vowel FO in Korean: An Examination of Bilabial Stops
  • 2. Phonological Incorporation of the Korean Glottal Approximant
  • 3. Umlaut Uniformity in Korean and Old High German
  • 4. Phonological Aspects in Causative Suffixation


  • 5. Negative Polarity Items in Korean and English
  • 6. Case Assignment in the Siphta Construction and Its Implications for Case on Adverbials
  • 7. Anaphoric Dependencies and Prediction
  • 8. A Minimalist Approach to Case Alternation in the Context of Korean Exceptional Case Marketing
  • 9. Prominence of an Antecedent and its Effect on Anaphor Binding in Korean
  • 10. Affectedness and the Degree of Transitivity in Korean: A Functional-Typological Approach
  • 11.Coordinated Clauses and their Tense: The Korean Data and the Labelled Deductive Model

Semantics, Pragmatics and Grammaticalization

  • 12. A Pragmatic Analysis of the Postpositional Marker Nun Seungja Choi
  • 13.Conditional Forms and Meanings in Korean
  • 14.Towards a Unified Analysis of Khenyeng
  • 15. From Quotation to Sentence-Final Particle: The Analysis of -ko in Modern Korean


  • “[These] fifteen articles (flanked by the editor’s excellent Introduction and very useful Index)…represent a broad spectrum of Korean linguistic scholarship. … The articles are cross-linguistic…and make contributions not only to Korean linguistcs but also to general linguistic theory by challenging, criticizing and revising existing models and theories. ... The wide array of data and the authors’ astute insights in interpreting them are quite impressive and remarkable. One cannot but feel admiration for the ingeniousness of these linguists!” — Acta Koreana

  • Ross KING earned his doctorate from Harvard University in 1991 with a thesis on Russian Sources on Korean Dialects. Currently he is Associate Professor of Korean Language and Literature at the University of British Columbia. His research interests are Korean historical grammar, Korean dialectology, and the language, history and culture of the Korean minority in the former USSR.

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