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30 November 2021. pp. 317-334
This study explores the correlation between degrees of coercion (i.e., resolution of semantic compatibility between a construction and a lexical item that occurs in the construction) and frequency of usage shown in Korean light verb construction (LVC) [NP(-ul) ha-] (‘do NP’). The usage-based model of grammar (Kemmer & Barlow, 2000; Langacker, 1988) assumes that linguistic knowledge is grounded in language use. Based on this assumption, the study observed contemporary spoken data of Sejong Corpus and obtained collostruction strength of the NPs occuring in the LVC. The study showed a correlation of the collostruction strength, acceptability judgments on the coerced LVC expressions used in Yoon (2019)'s study, and semantic compatibility obtained through theoretical observation. Moreover, the current study discusses how the lexical item, construction, and context interact for the coercion. With the empirical evidence, this study contributes to the research that investigates the relation of frequency in use and linguistic knowledge. It also demostrates actual usage of Korean LVC which has been mostly discussed from theoretical standpoints.
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  • Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
  • Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
  • Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
  • Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
  • Volume : 37
  • No :3
  • Pages :317-334