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Tue Jan 08 2008

Diss: Pragmatics: Chun: 'A Study of Korean Conjunctive Verbal Suffi...'

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Message 1: A Study of Korean Conjunctive Verbal Suffixes: Towards a theory of morphopragmatics
Date: 04-Jan-2008
From: Chong-Hoon Chun <chonghoon2001yahoo.com>
Subject: A Study of Korean Conjunctive Verbal Suffixes: Towards a theory of morphopragmatics
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Institution: University of New South Wales
Program: Korean Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Chong-Hoon Chun

Dissertation Title: A Study of Korean Conjunctive Verbal Suffixes: Towards a theory of morphopragmatics

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): Korean (kor)

Dissertation Director:
Mengistu Amberber
Gi-Hyun Shin

Dissertation Abstract:

The main aim of this thesis is to gain a deep understanding of the meanings
of Korean conjunctive verbal suffixes from a pragmatic viewpoint, using
real, not constructed data. In order to attain the purpose, this thesis
conducts an in-depth analysis of the nature of the meanings, and the use,
of six Korean conjunctive verbal suffixes: -ko, -nuntey, -nikka, -se,
-ciman, and -to. The term the use refers to the truth-functionality of
suffixes, i.e., whether they conjoin or disjoin the two propositions, which
are recovered from two segments, truth-functionally. The data are obtained
from 360 minutes of audio-taped Korean natural conversations. It adopts as
its reasoning tool four major pragmatic theories - Gricean theory,
neo-Gricean theory, Relevance Theory, and Default Semantics. However, it
does not use the data to compare the four theories. The thesis emphasises
how to elucidate the meanings of Korean conjunctive verbal suffixes that
modern pragmatic theories cannot neatly explain.

In Chapter 1 previous approaches on the six suffixes are analysed. It is
pointed out that while these studies correctly equate the meanings of a
given suffix with propositional relations that obtain between the two
segments (linked by the suffix), they fail to see the importance of the use
of the suffix. Chapter 2 provides an overview of the four pragmatic
theories. The focus is on strengths and weaknesses of the four theories. In
Chapter 3, we introduce propositional relations and the notions of encoding
and inferred. What is meant by conjoining and disjoining
truth-conditionally is also explained. Chapter 4 specifies the data. In
Chapter 5, propositional relations between two propositions which are
recovered from two conjoined segments are characterised. Chapter 6 applies
the scope test to meanings of the six suffixes and distinguishes encoded
and inferred meanings. It discusses encoded meanings of the six suffixes,
which conjoin the two propositions truth-functionally, and discusses
inferred meanings of only four of the six suffixes, which disjoin the two
propositions truth-functionally. In Chapter 7, we discuss the nature of the
meanings of the six suffixes from two theoretical angles, Relevance Theory
and Default Semantics, and in particular we argue against a unitary
procedure hypothesis. Chapter 8 concludes the thesis and also includes
suggestions for future studies.





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