ERIC Number: ED370417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Negative Polarity Items and the Semantics of the Particles "-to" and "-na" in Korean.
Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics, v10 n1 p89-123 1994
This paper argues that the Korean particles "-to" and "-na" can be analyzed as having one core meaning with their own accompanying meanings due to illocutionary forces or to people's world-knowledge on orderings among the elements of alternative sets. It also maintains that both the incompatibility of "amwu" ('any') plus "-to" and the concurrence of "amwu" plus "-na" with upward entailing property predicates are due to informativity and some other pragmatic felicity conditions. The quantificational forces of polarity items are then examined. Finally, since negative polarity items are accompanied by strong stress, arguably related to focus, it is possible to show how focus participates in the compositional derivations and contributes to the entire meaning of the sentence in which it occurs. Contains 28 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Particles (Grammar); Word Structure
Note: For the serial issue in which this paper appears, see FL 022 191.