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.