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Title:Language styles of Korean in chat-rooms
Author(s):Park, Chae-Hee
Subject(s):computer-mediated communication, Korean, orthography, modality
Abstract:This study investigates language styles of Korean in online chat-rooms. Data were collected in a chat-room in which several members were simultaneously talking about various topics. I found that there are several tendencies in the use of Korean language online. First, people tend to write online conversation based on the verbal interactions (the actual pronunciation). Second, people also tend to finish syllables with additional nasal consonants such as /m/ or /ŋ/ which are not necessary in Korean standard writing. There are some other cases in which syllables can be simplified by omitting phonemes which are obligatory in standard Korean writing. People also tend to break the syllable structure into simplified one. For instance, the last consonant in the syllable structure CVC or CVCC tends to be omitted. People also tend to use only the syllable onset consonant instead of the whole syllable to deliver a message. I suggest that people employ these strategies in online interaction in order to express their attitude toward the addressee. It is certain that people have already established these specific linguistic forms in an online speech community.
Issue Date:2009
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 157-170
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-01-15

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