The (Non-)Specificity of the (Null) Degree Word in Korean Comparatives

Title
The (Non-)Specificity of the (Null) Degree Word in Korean Comparatives
Author(s)
최현숙
Keywords
null degree word/operator; specificity; deictic degree words; stripping; derived phrasal comparatives
Issue Date
201303
Publisher
현대문법학회
Citation
현대문법연구, no.71, pp.31 - 51
Abstract
In this paper, I discuss a semantic aspect of the null degree word/operator in Korean clausal and phrasal comparatives to suggest the following: First, the null degree word in Korean comparatives can be replaced with overt deictic degree words (cf. Choe (2012)). Second, -pota may license a generic or a specific phrase, but not a non-specific phrase. Third, while deictic degree words in Korean are ambiguous between specific and non-specific, the null (deictic) degree word in Korean comparatives is non-specific so that -pota may not come directly after the "stripped" compared constituent containing the (non-specific) degree word. During the discussion, to explain a certain cross-linguistic difference between Korean and English, I also suggest that the null degree word in English can be ambiguous between specific and non-specific, unlike the one in Korean, and that the null degree word of the "stripped" compared constituent should be specific in English, because than also cannot license a non-specific phrase.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/YU.REPOSITORY/26156
ISSN
1226-3206
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