Point of View and the Behavior of Korean Demonstratives
Min-Joo Kim
June 2020

Ever since Lakoff’s (1974) seminal work, the fact that English demonstratives (DEMs) have so-called affective uses has been well established in the literature (see, a.o., Prince 1981, Wolter 2006, Liberman 2008, Potts & Schwarz 2010, Acton & Potts 2014). The present paper looks at Korean DEMs from the vantage point of affectivity and shows that they lack certain affective functions. I account for this fact by invoking a set of binary features which I claim to constitute part of DEM meanings across languages. I also suggest that Korean and English proximal DEMs are subject to different licensing conditions and this is due in part to how readily they can take on diverse points of view during a conversation.
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Reference: lingbuzz/005273
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Published in: 2018, Rodica Ivan (ed.), UMOP 40. The Leader of the Pack: A Festschrift in Honor of Peggy Speas, 263–279. GLSA: Amherst, MA
keywords: demonstratives, point of view, affective, korean, english, parameter, semantics
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