International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

On Grammatical Evolution of Korean Displacement Verb Pelita ‘Throw Away’: From a Grammaticalization Perspective
Junghye Baik

The aim of this paper is to investigate the semantic and categorical development of the Korean displacement verb pelita denoting ‘throw away’ from a grammaticalization perspective. The lexical verb pelita is an impressive example to show the diverse semantic extension patterns that trigger a categorical development from a lexical verb into an auxiliary marker, and this paper attempts to illustrate how particular meanings and categorial changes of this verb evolved, based on the semantic designations provided in Tongasaykwukesacen (2012) and NAVER Online Dictionary (2015). To examine the semantic and functional development of pelita, this paper suggests grammaticalization process that is largely enabled by the conceptual mechanisms along the event schema, and presents an explication for the semantic diversity with four mechanisms such as metaphor, metonymy, subjectification, and generalization.

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