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A Study on Style Shift betweenHonorific and Plain Language in Korean

Title
A Study on Style Shift betweenHonorific and Plain Language in Korean
Author
김명희
Keywords
style shift; honorific language; plain language; self-directed talk; identity; confrontatonal interaction
Issue Date
2016-12
Publisher
한국사회언어학회
Citation
사회언어학, v. 24, No. 3, Page. 95-123
Abstract
This study examines the mixed use of honorific forms (nophim-mal) and plain forms (pan-mal) by Korean speakers in task-based conversations. The data taken from ‘Mr. O Corpus’ relate to 20 pairs of Korean female speakers, 10 teacher-student (T-S) pairs and 10 student-student (S-S) pairs. A close examination of the data shows that most speakers alternated between the two forms, even within a single turn of talk, with partners with status differences. It seems that the frequent style shift shows the complexity of the phenomenon and the speakers’ sensitivity to the immediate context, as well as the societal norms that possibly constrain them. The results show that the speakers’ choice to use an honorific form or plain form has mainly four functions, three of which are interactional using honorific forms: (a) use of plain forms in self-directed or spontaneous talk, (b) use of honorifics to involve the addressee in the interaction, (c) use of honorifics to index identity, and (d) use of honorifics in confrontational interactions. Based on these results, it is claimed that Korean speakers strategically use honorific language as “relationship markers” in their interactions. (177)
URI
http://db.koreascholar.com/Article?code=330199https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/103002
ISSN
1226-4822
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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