Lanaguage Research
Language Education Institute, Seoul National University

The Morphosyntax of Jejuan –ko Clause Linkages

Soung-U Kim1,
*Corresponding Author : Research Fellow, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures SOAS University of London 10 Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom, E-mail:

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Received: Feb 22, 2019 ; Revised: Jul 02, 2019 ; Accepted: Jul 20, 2019

Published Online: Aug 31, 2019


While clause linkage is a relatively understudied area within Koreanic linguistics, the Korean –ko clause linkage has been studied more extensively. Authors have deemed it interesting since depending on the successive/non-successive interpretation of its events, a –ko clause linkage exhibits all or no properties of what is traditionally known as coordination or subordination. Jejuan –ko clauses may look fairly similar to Korean on the surface, and exhibit a similar lack of semantic specification. This study shows that the traditional, dichotomous coordination-subordination opposition is not applicable to Jejuan –ko clauses. I propose that instead of applying a-priori categories to the exploration of clause linkage in Koreanic varieties, one should apply a multidimensional model that lets patterns emerge in an inductive way.

Keywords: clause linkage; –ko converb; Jejuan; Jejueo; Ceycwu dialect



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