Reference Point and Case

A Cognitive Grammar exploration of Korean

ORCID logoChongwon Park | University of Minnesota Duluth
ISBN 9789027204295 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261960 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Google Play logo
This monograph answers the rarely discussed questions of why complicated grammatical case phenomena exist in Korean and what the connection is between the case forms and their functions. The author argues that the case forms in Korean reflect patterns of the human cognitive process. While this approach may seem rather obvious to non-linguists, it is indeed a novel claim in contemporary linguistic theory. In order to provide technical analyses of Korean case phenomena such as multiple nominative/accusative, non-nominative subject, and adverbial case constructions, this book adopts an independently established descriptive construct known as reference point in the framework of Cognitive Grammar. The author demonstrates that the notion of reference point not only explains a substantially wider set of data, but also leads to a more reasonable generalization. The intended readership of this book are researchers who are interested in case phenomena, irrespective of their theoretical orientation.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 68] 2019.  xx, 264 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“Formalist-distributionalist and cognitive-functionalist approaches to language offer complementary insights into the underlying logic of languages. Naturally, their subject matters do not usually overlap. In this comprehensive and ambitious monograph, Chongwon Park tackles the complicated distribution of case and grammatical functions in Korean, which has thus far been the playground of formalist approaches, and demonstrates how a cognitive-functional perspective on the most challenging case phenomena in the language reveals an underlying unity that a formalist inquiry can easily miss. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the wonderful intricacies of case and grammatical relations in Korean and their implications for our understanding of the human language capacity.”
“This book presents an account of a range of different case phenomena in Korean utilizing concepts from Cognitive Grammar. It provides a different perspective on these phenomena from that of purely structure-based accounts, and shows how case marking possibilities and options are determined by the way the components of a situation are conceived by the speaker and presented to the hearer. It will be of great interest and relevance to all researchers concerned with the case-marking patterns of Korean.”
“Park brings to bear simple semantic and pragmatic functions in order to elucidate Korean case-marking. The results are elegant and compelling.”
“This book is definitely a significant contribution to Korean linguistics as well as our understanding of case phenomena. It is a must for those who are interested in case phenomena in Korean and other related languages. It is also highly recommended to the practitioners of CG. Readers can meet the complexity of case phenomena in the language and see how they can be untangled one by one from a cognitive view of language.”
Cited by

Cited by 4 other publications

Park, Chongwon
2022. Korean Relative Clauses: Metonymy, Zone Activation, and Reference Point*. Studia Linguistica 76:2  pp. 275 ff. DOI logo
Park, Chongwon
2022. Metonymy in the Korean internally headed relative clause construction. Linguistics Vanguard 8:1  pp. 355 ff. DOI logo
Park, Chongwon & Jong-Bok Kim
2022. Nominative objects in Korean. Linguistics 60:5  pp. 1487 ff. DOI logo
Park, Chongwon & Jaehoon Yeon
2023. The Factive, IHRC, and Cleft constructions in Korean. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 21:1  pp. 140 ff. DOI logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 21 february 2024. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Main BIC Subject

CF/2GK: Linguistics/Korean

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019036977 | Marc record