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Perception-production asymmetry for Korean double accusative ditransitives

Title
Perception-production asymmetry for Korean double accusative ditransitives
Authors
Park S.-H.Yi E.
Ewha Authors
이은경
SCOPUS Author ID
이은경scopus
Issue Date
2021
Journal Title
Linguistic Research
ISSN
1229-1374JCR Link
Citation
Linguistic Research vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 27 - 52
Keywords
acceptability judgmentcase-markingdative alternationditransitivedouble accusative constructionKoreansentence completion
Publisher
Institute for the Study of Language and Information
Indexed
SCOPUS; KCI scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Park, Sang-Hee and Eunkyung Yi. 2021. Perception-production asymmetry for Korean double accusative ditransitives. Linguistic Research 38(1): 27-52. Ditransitive constructions, expressing an agent, a recipient and a theme, are syntactically realized in various structures within and across languages (Malchukov et al. 2010). Korean is known to have two ditransitive constructions that vary in case marking on the recipient argument, i.e., the canonical ditransitive construction Jisu-kaNOMMina-eykeyDACchayk-ulACCcwu-essPAST-taDECLand the double accusative construction Jisu-kaNOMMina-lulACCchayk-ulACCcwu-essPAST-taDECL‘Jisu gave Mina a book.’ They are often used in the study of crosslinguistic comparison as counterparts of the English dative alternation. Previous research, however, reported huge imbalance between the two Korean variants in their frequencies of occurrence and speakers’ acceptability of the constructions. In this context, we conducted two experimental studies that investigate the perception and production of the constructions, respectively. Study 1 examined the factors that may influence the acceptability of the constructions, i.e., verb type and -cwu benefactive morpheme. Study 2 investigated whether the double accusative ditransitive construction is a valid construction ever produced by Korean speakers, using sentence completion experiment. The results showed that Korean speakers judge the double accusative ditransitives as highly unacceptable but they do not completely avoid them in sentence completions. We discussed the results in the context of theoretical and psycholinguistic perspectives. (Duksung Women’s University · Ewha Womans University) © 2021. All Rights Reserved
DOI
10.17250/khisli.38.1.202103.002
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