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Kim, Ahrim. 2019. From negation to shared knowledge: The evolution of utterance-final -canha in spoken Korean. Journal of Pragmatics 144 : 29–55.
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Utterance-final -canha grew from Korean long form negative question construction. The growth of -canha derives from the rivalry between two negation forms in Korean (the short form vs. the long form). The function of -canha changed from transferring negation to transferring what the speaker thinks to be shared knowledge. Its gradual functional/formal change is shown via the usage-based assay of conversational data. Recurrent (inter)subjectification served as potent motive of functional shift.