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Discourse-Pragmatic Notion of Topic and Syntactic Analysis in Korean...
A New Approach to the Concept of Topic and Its Applications to Korean Syntax
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Author name Hong-Pin Im
 Publication Date 2007.12.15
 Language Korean
 Format hardcover
 Pages 948 pages
 ISBN 978-89-521-0839-5 (93710)
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This study redefines the notion of topic, and explores the functions of marked topics with particles like eun/neun, i/ga, eul/real etc. It is generally assumed that topic is discourse notion, that topic appears in a sentence initially, and that a sentence has one topic at most. However, the relation of radical aboutness holds massively between any preceding constituent and the following or the rest ones in a sentence.
Thus we arrive at the Ubiquitous Topic Hypothesis (UTH), which says that any major constituent can be a discourse-pragmatic topic in a sentence. This may be called an 'unmarked topic', in contrasted with a 'marked topic', with specific modal particles or with other ways of introducing topic. UTH assigns to syntactic remnants that are not analyzable as regular argument(s) of a predicate the function of syntactic topic.
The constituent with eun/neun can be characterized as a marked topic, which presents an entity contrastively. Likewise, the constituents with other modal particles like do(also), buteo(from the first), ggaji(besides), jocha(even) are to be analyzed as syntactic topics with their own semantics. The i/ga phrase not supported from the lexical information should also be analyzed as a syntactic remnant, being analyzed as a marked topic that presents an entity exclusively. In the same vein, the particle eul/reul phrase not supported from the lexical information should be analyzed as a syntactic remnant and be assigned the syntactic function of topic as well. The eul/reul topic functions to express that something is problematic in a given situation.
Hong-Pin Im

Discourse-Pragmatic Notion of Topic and Syntactic Analysis in Korean
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