The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Talk Series will present visiting scholar Dr. Changguk Yim with a talk on Korean linguistics titled “The Syntax and Prosody of –yo in Korean” on Friday, November 14, 2014. The presentation will take place in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The talk is open to the public.
Yim is an associate professor in the Department of English Linguistics and Literature at Chung-Ang University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Cornell University in 2004. His primary interests are formal syntax, syntax-phonology interface, and neurolinguistics (agrammatism). He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Korean Studies.
Yim’s abstract of his presentation follows.
“The discourse particle -yo in Korean conveying politeness toward the addressee can attach to sentence-medial materials (“-yo attachment”), as illustrated in (1) below.
“(1) Celin-i(-yo) ecey(-yo) kongwen-eyse(-yo) Ce-A-lul(-yo) mannasse-yo.
“Celin-nom(-yo) yesterday(-yo) park-at(-yo) Ce-A-acc(-yo) met-yo
“‘Celin met Ce-A in the park yesterday.’
“Interestingly, there are certain categories that resist the -yo attachment (Yim 2012). However, such -yo resistant materials do allow for the attachment in question in elliptical contexts such as fragment answers (FAs). This led me (2012) to conclude that -yo in FAs is not an instance of -yo attachment; rather, it is a sentence-final -yo residing in the CP domain. As a result, it survives the ellipsis process.
“In this analysis, however, I dodged the question: exactly what syntactic position does a sentence-final -yo occupy? In this talk, I present a syntax-pragmatics analysis in which -yo heads a “Speech Act” (SA) phrase that is posited in the left periphery of a clause. On this view, the particle at stake is the direct morphological exponent in syntax that reflects a respected addressee in the discourse. And it will also be shown that syntax-pragmatics mapping requires the SA layer to only occur in the “highest clauses” (Ross 1970). This predicts politeness marking of -yo to only occur in root clauses.
In addition, I present a derivational prosodic account for -yo attachment as in (1): -yo has to be placed at the edge of a prosodic constituent throughout the prosodic derivation, adopting a derivational approach to the prosodic hierarchy formation.”
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