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Title: The grammar and usage of Korean phrase-final particles
Author: Rangelov, Spas Angelov
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis is a study of the grammar and usage of a small group of Korean grammatical particles, four phrase-final cosa, i/ka, ul/lul, un/nun and to. I find that their structural similarity reflects their specific properties that set them apart from other cosa. They are grammatical formatives whose form and meaning reflect a complicated interaction of syntactic, semantic and pragmatic factors. In Chapter 1 set my goals and formulate the research questions that will guide me in my work on the four chosen particles. In Chapter 2 I review the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic categories that are relevant for the discussion of the phrasefinal cosa. The relevant syntactic categories for the discussion of Korean cosa are the Grammatical Relations (GR): Subject, (Direct) Object, Indirect Object, etc. They have been determined by syntactic criteria. The semantic categories relevant for the discussion are the semantic participant roles characterizing the referring expressions, i.e. the nominal phrases. They depend on the logical structure of the predicate. The pragmatic implications are concerned mainly with the information structure of the sentence. That is why the main categories relevant for the discussion of cosa usage are Topic, Focus (narrow focus and sentence focus), Contrastive Topic, Contrastive Focus, etc. In the next four chapters the grammar and usage of each cosa is explored in the range of constructions in which they occur. Each of them has its own peculiar properties and characteristics but they also tend to share some features in pairs. The usage of the first pair, i/ka and ul/lul, reflects a complex interaction of pragmatic functions like Focus, semantic and cognitive factors like concrete semantic roles and notions of affectedness and control over the event, as well as syntactic factors like grammatical relations. The usage of the second pair, un/nun and to, reflects mainly pragmatic functions, as well as pragmatic-cognitive distinctions related to Topic and Focus like the notions of contrast, concertiveness, concession, etc. In Chapter 7 I summarize the findings of the previous chapters of the dissertation and discuss the implications for the theoretical treatment of the cosa in the morphology of the phrases and in the structure of the clause at the sentence-level analysis of Korean. I also point to the relevance of the present research for applied linguistics, mainly for the field of teaching and learning Korean as a non-native language.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.594003  DOI:
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