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9 The Interplay of Discourse and Prosody at the Left and Right Periphery in Korean: An Analysis of kuntey ‘but’

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This chapter investigates the relationship between the discourse pragmatic functions of periphery elements and prosodic features by analyzing the intonation patterns of kuntey at LP and RP in Korean conversation. It raises the following research questions: 1. Are there any differences in the intonation patterns of kuntey at LP and RP? 2. How is the difference, if any, relevant to the grammatical and/or communicative functions of kuntey at LP and RP? The prosodic integration of kuntey at RP indicates an ongoing grammaticalization into a final particle. Having originated from the sequence of the deictic predicate kule- 'that is so' and the connective nuntey 'but; however', kuntey loses its erstwhile meaning and is further developing into an utterance-final particle. Given that Korean has an agglutinative morphology, the grammaticalization process of kuntey has some implications on other expressions at LP and RP.

Keywords: grammaticalization; intonation patterns; Korean conversation; kuntey; periphery elements; pragmatic functions



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