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제목 The Generic Interpretation of Demonstratives and Pronouns in Korean
저자 Hyunjung Park 49 2
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Park, Hyunjung. “The Generic Interpretation of Demonstratives and Pronouns in Korean.” Studies in English Language & Literature 49.2 (2023): 167-192. In this paper, I discuss the possibility of generic interpretation of demonstratives and pronouns in Korean. Following Bowdle and Ward’s (1995) and Choi’s (2014) analyses concerning English and Greek, the current study proposes that demonstratives and pronouns in Korean can be interpreted generically like those in English and Greek depending on the context and shows that such a proposal is further supported by the results of statistical analysis from the experiment. Focusing on the two constructions, i.e. Domonstrative-Noun Construction (DNC) and Pronoun-Noun Construction (PNC), more importantly, this paper shows that the kind specificity in conformity with the taxonomic level of the noun components of DNCs and PNCs in Korean plays a crucial role with regard to the occurrence of the generic meaning, in the sense of Bowdle and Ward (1995). In fact, the topic of the current study seems to have not received much attention and have been rarely dealt with by Korean linguists. In this sense, findings from the current analysis can help us look into other aspects of the semantic role of demonstratives and pronouns in Korean and offer the new perspective in terms of the semantics of the two elements. (Songwon University)

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