Grammaticalization in Korean

Seongha Rhee

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization in Korean

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This article focuses on grammaticalisation in Korean languages. There are two aspects that make the study of grammaticalization in Korean particularly interesting. The Korean language has a rich inventory of particles and endings that await grammaticalization analyses and since the use of Korean was largely restricted to the Korean peninsula without much language contact until about a century ago, grammaticalisation processes in this language were inevitably language-internal changes. This article suggests that grammaticalisation studies in Korean should offer an insight as to the extent of non-contact-induced, language-internal grammaticalisation.

Keywords: Korean languages; grammaticalisation; particles; endings; language contact

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Language Families

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