Colloquium: “Condition, Concession and Reason in Korean”

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2006 col­lo­qui­um series begins August 30 with a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Sung-Yun Bak, a vis­it­ing schol­ar at the Cen­ter and pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and lin­guis­tics SungKyunKwan Uni­ver­si­ty.

The col­lo­qui­um will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednes­day, August 30, 2006, in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies con­fer­ence room.

Prof. Bak’s pre­sen­ta­tion, “Con­di­tion, Con­ces­sion and Rea­son in Kore­an,” will exam­ine how seman­tic con­cepts such as ‘con­di­tion,’ ‘con­ces­sion,’ and ‘rea­son’ (or ’cause’) are relat­ed to each oth­er and dis­cuss the discourse-pragmatic prop­er­ties of the Kore­an suf­fix­es myeon ‘if,’ to ‘though,’ and nikka ‘because’ in terms of the prop­er­ty of “realis/irrealis.”

Bak will argue that con­ces­sion is a type of con­di­tion because con­ces­sion holds only when cer­tain most unde­sir­able or most desir­able options are con­di­tion­al­ly assumed by the speak­er. He will fur­ther argue that con­di­tion is irre­alis in nature where­as rea­son (or cause) has the prop­er­ty of realis.

For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion about access for the hand­i­capped, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041.