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Title:Fighting the tightrope: language ideologies, balancing acts, and figures of elusive modernity in South Korea
Author(s):Kim, Jenna Hyojin Chi
Director of Research:Lo, Adrienne S.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Lo, Adrienne S.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Yoon, James H.; Koven, Michèle; Fagyal, Zsuzsanna
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language ideologies
South Korea
Loan word phonology
Linguistic capital
Abstract:There has been a growing interest in how local linguistic practices are being shaped by the global force of neoliberalism. Though it is a powerful paradigm, I hope to illuminate through this dissertation how neoliberalism alone is insufficient to be held accountable for the changing meanings of English in Korea, and how invoking the framework of language ideologies allows for a more complete analysis of language change. To this end, I explore the interconnectivity of neoliberalism, displays of consumption, and language change with a focus on gender. By tracing the uptake of a particular phoneme, I examine how speakers use phonological accuracy as a tool to construct new indexical orders by appropriating chronotopic symbols of the past, reinscribing gendered narratives of Korean womanhood as figures of successful or failed modernity. These associations provide a window into the reconfiguration of language ideologies surrounding English, as well as how a new global neoliberal order is melted into the pedestrian lives of locals.
Issue Date:2017-04-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jenna Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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