Distinctions in completives: The relevance of resistance in Korean V-a/e pelita and V-ko malta and Japanese V-te shimau

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Abstract

This study will provide an in-depth examination and analysis of the use of the Korean auxiliary constructions V-a/e pelita and V-ko malta as markers of completive aspect and will point out the semantic and pragmatic overlap of both with the Japanese completive marker V-te shimau. The fact that all three constructions are markers of completive aspect in two seemingly related languages allows us to critically examine the similarities and differences in how these constructions are used by native speakers of each language. It will be shown that, while typologically very similar, Japanese and Korean can actually pattern quite differently from each other, particularly with respect to how the various processes and circumstances leading up to the completion of a particular event are perceived and expressed in each language. Moreover, by analyzing these three auxiliary constructions, we will be able to gain new insight into the interface between temporal aspect, event perception, emotion, and cognition and how these are encoded in language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-166
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence

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