Modals and Anaphors in Korean

  • Jinung Kim
  • Nicholas Asher
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4012)


In this paper, we investigate Korean modals such as su isse, keta and ci. We assume that suisse is an epistemic possibility operator and keta is an epistemic necessity operator and ci and keyssci are both evidentials. Asher and McCready (2005) [2] offered an account of the discourse behavior of Japanese epistemic modal/evidential, focusing on the phenomenon of modal subordination (Roberts 1989) [11]. In this paper, too, focus on modal subordination to help analyze the Korean modal system. This article is concerned with the theory of anaphoric relations involving pronouns. Our main interest is to show that this theory amounts solely to a theory of the conditions under which pronouns and their antecedents can, must, or cannot be identified.


Relative Clause Discourse Structure Embed Clause Tense Operator Discourse Marker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinung Kim
    • 1
  • Nicholas Asher
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of Texas at Austin 
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Texas at Austin 

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