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Publications [#227645] of Hae-Young Kim

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  1. Kim, H-Y, Factors in the choice of referential forms in Korean discourse: Salience, speaker perspective and thematic importance, The Korean Language in America, vol. 14 (2009), pp. 1-24 [42922275] .
    (last updated on 2020/01/17)

    Abstract:
    This paper identifies factors that influence the choice of the third person reference, from the spectrum of zero to explicit forms, in Korean spoken discourse. Tokens of third person references were collected from retellings of a silent film (‘Modern Times’) and analyzed in terms of their position in the interlocutors’ discursive space, i.e. cognitive status, as defined by the ‘Givenness Hierarchy’ (Gundel, Hedberg & Zacharski, 1993). It is shown that Korean zero pronouns function identically to lexical pronouns of subject-prominent languages like English or Spanish. On the other hand, Korean indefinite determiners (e.g. etten) signal persistence of the referent while definite determiners (e.g. i, ku, ce) encode thematic importance and speaker perspective.


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