IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(2): 122-126 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.24

The Grammaticalization of Aspectual Auxiliary Verbs in Korean

Hae-Yun Lee
Abstract—General verbs in many languages show some stages of grammaticalization: verb > auxiliary verb > clitics > affix. If we restrict ourselves to the transition from verbs to auxiliary verbs, we can notice some intermediate stages of grammaticalization. In Korean, it is known that some verbs have undergone the grammaticalization which concerns with aspect. But it is unclear which aspect each verb is related with. In this paper we we show that some verbs are related with Aktionsarten and other verbs with aspect, assuming that aspectualities are divided into Aktionsarten such as state, process, accomplishment and achievement, and aspects such as Perfective and Imperfective. Especially we present the analyses of complex sentences, where more than one auxiliary verb appear.

Index Terms—Grammaticalization, auxiliary verbs, Aktionsart, aspect.

Hae-Yun Lee is with the Linguistics & Cognitive Science Department, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Yongin, Korea (e-mail: haeyun@hufs.ac.kr).

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Cite:Hae-Yun Lee, "The Grammaticalization of Aspectual Auxiliary Verbs in Korean," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 122-126, 2015.

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