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Park, Chongwon and Yeon, Jae Hoon (2023) 'Notes on word order variation in Korean.' Pragmatics. pp. 1-27. (Forthcoming)

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This article aims to develop an analysis of scrambling or word order variation in Korean from a pragmatic/cognitive perspective. Although extensive research has been carried out on this issue, most extant research attempts to provide analyses of the phenomenon by identifying grammatical features posited for syntactic operations. Unlike the previous research, we demonstrate that word order variation needs to be understood with respect to its communicative function; it is motivated by the speaker’s intention to convey information more effectively. It is emphasized that understanding the association between information structure and word order variation should be an essential task for the analysis of the latter phenomenon. We further discuss five conversational strategies that motivate non-canonical word orders, which include juxtaposition, backmasking, right dislocation, add-on, and floated quantifier strategies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: reference point ; backmasking ; floated quantifiers ; right-dislocation ; juxtaposition ; add-on
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
ISSN: 10182101
Copyright Statement: © 2023 International Pragmatics Association This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Pragmatics published by John Benjamins (2023). Please contact the publisher for reuse arrangements
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Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2023 11:08

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