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Yeon, Jaehoon (2019) 'A Variety of Grammatical Constructions: Double-Accusative Constructions in Korean Revisited.' Korean Linguistics = 한국 어학 = Han'guk ŏhak, 85. pp. 203-241.

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In Korean, there are constructions in which the accusative particle ul/lul occurs on more than one NP within a single sentence. Among many types of the so-called ‘Double Accusative Constructions’ (DAC), an External Possession (EP) Type DAC (Payne & Barshi, 1999) is the main concern of this paper. It has been questionable whether DACs are genuine double object constructions. We have argued that DACs can be regarded as structures in which there is only one real object, but two Acc-marked NPs, based on some object diagnostics. We have examined the constraints acting upon Korean EP type DACs while arguing that Korean DACs cannot be fully explained solely based on syntax or semantics without considering some pragmatic and cognitive factors. We have shown that ‘contiguity’ and ‘affectedness’ are the two most important factors in determining constraints on felicitous EP type DACs. The notion of ‘contiguity’ and ‘affectedness’ is more appropriate than any other factors such as the distinction between alienable and inalienable possession to characterise more accurately the relationship between the possessor and the possessee in Korean EP type DACs. It is also noted that ‘contiguity’ and ‘affectedness’ cannot be thematic roles or semantic roles because what counts as ‘contiguous’ and ‘affected’ is context-dependent and cognitively/pragmatically interpreted. The degree of acceptability and interpretation of DACs depend on pragmatics and extra-linguistic knowledge.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
ISSN: 12269123
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 13:07
Funders: Other

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