Setting and location case-marked adverbials in Korean

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This article provides an analysis of Korean adverbial case constructions from a Cognitive Grammar viewpoint. I argue that nominative-marked adverbials are the result of the setting-subject construal of the adverbial. Accusative-marked adverbials, then, are construed as a location, which is part of the setting. I also argue that the notion of setting-subject is associated with the imperfective construal of a given situation in conjunction with the subject's lower degree of topicality. Conversely, the locational interpretation of an adverbial is tied to the perfective construal of a situation and a higher degree of topicality of the subject.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-224
Number of pages33
JournalConstructions and Frames
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adverbial case
  • Cognitive grammar (CG)
  • Frequency/duration adverbial
  • Korean
  • Location
  • Reference point
  • Setting


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