On the Prehistory of Korean Grammar: Verb Forms

  title={On the Prehistory of Korean Grammar: Verb Forms},
  author={Samuel Elmo Martin},
  journal={Korean Studies},
  pages={139 - 150}
  • S. E. Martin
  • Published 30 March 2011
  • Linguistics
  • Korean Studies
The modern systems of verb endings found in Korean and Japanese have developed by incorporating certain auxiliary stems and delexicalized nouns, and many of these have etymologies that are shared by both languages. Arguments are presented that the mutually exclusive Middle Korean RETROSPECTIVE, EFFECTIVE (or aorist), and PROCESSIVE aspectual markers are bound auxiliaries attached to the verb stem. Moreover, the important infinitive ending is shown to have properties that indicate that it… 
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