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Park, Chongwon, Yeon, Jaehoon and Kim, Jong-Bok (2024) 'Setting subject and the inferential cleft construction in Korean.' Review of Cognitive Linguistics. (Forthcoming)

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This article aims to develop a cognitive-functional analysis of the Korean inferential cleft construction (ICC) by identifying two motivations. It is demonstrated that the ICC must be understood as a mechanism to improve coherence and relevance in the text; it is first and foremost motivated to establish relationships between the preceding context and the event denoted by the subordinate clause headed by kes. By pointing out that attempts to ascertain concrete meanings of the ICC are bound to be futile, we argue that various meanings the ICC exhibits arise by mapping it onto the result phase of the epistemic cycle. The second motivation for the ICC is to put the proposition in the spotlight by indicating that the global circumstances, not the speaker, warrant judgment. Consequently, the speaker staves off the responsibility for her epistemic judgment.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: reference point ; specificational copula ; epistemic judgment ; setting subject ; inferential cleft construction ; epistemic cycle
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
ISSN: 1877976X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 12 May 2024 10:45

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