Skip navigation
Skip navigation

A reconsideration of the omission of first and second person subjects in modern spoken Korean: Focusing on the pragmatic meanings of the overt subject expressions

Lee, Na Rah

Description

The present study aims to shed light on the pragmatic meanings of the overt expressions of the first and second person subjects in modern spoken Korean. As a pro-drop language, Korean omits its first and second person subjects in approximately 70-80% of cases. This phenomenon of �subject omission� has been studied mostly at syntactic level in Korean linguistics. However, a discourse analytic approach could provide more diverse explanations for the phenomenon, particularly in the cases where...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLee, Na Rah
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:15:14Z
dc.identifier.issn1226-5691
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/17818
dc.description.abstractThe present study aims to shed light on the pragmatic meanings of the overt expressions of the first and second person subjects in modern spoken Korean. As a pro-drop language, Korean omits its first and second person subjects in approximately 70-80% of cases. This phenomenon of �subject omission� has been studied mostly at syntactic level in Korean linguistics. However, a discourse analytic approach could provide more diverse explanations for the phenomenon, particularly in the cases where subjects are overtly expressed, rather than omitted. In this study, I investigate the distribution of overtly expressed first and second person subjects in a Korean spoken corpus and attempt to refine our understanding of the pragmatic and sociolinguistic effects of the overt expression of first and second person subjects. The results show that there are age and gender is related to the distribution of first and second person subject expressions and on the occurrence of various person references. I argue that Korean speakers tend to utilise the overt first and second person subjects to display their social relationships and thereby convey their pragmatic intentions such as expressing intimacy.
dc.publisherDiscourse and Cognitive Linguistics Society of Korea
dc.sourceDiscourse and Cognition
dc.titleA reconsideration of the omission of first and second person subjects in modern spoken Korean: Focusing on the pragmatic meanings of the overt subject expressions
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume21
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor200316 - Korean Language
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5234137xPUB2
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLee, Na Rah, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage145
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage163
local.identifier.doi.15718/discog.2014.21.3.145
local.identifier.absseo950202 - Languages and Literacy
dc.date.updated2020-11-15T07:25:28Z
CollectionsANU Research Publications

Download

There are no files associated with this item.


Items in Open Research are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Updated:  19 May 2020/ Responsible Officer:  University Librarian/ Page Contact:  Library Systems & Web Coordinator