This research illuminates the productivity and the meaning of the suffixes of Korean [+human] neologism on the basis of the data in 1994, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012. The suffixes include '-jok, -dan, -pa, -tim' of [+human] [+plural] [±gender], '-nyeo, -geol' of [+human] [+plural] [-male], '-nam, -man' of [+human] [+plural] [+male], and '-ggun' of [+human] [+plural] [±male]. The suffixes, '-jok, -dan, -pa, -nyeo, -nam', are originated from Chinese characters, and the rest of the suffixes have its origins in English. The existing Korean dictionaries didn't include these suffixes, but this research does. The suffixes, '-jok, -dan, -pa, -tim' have the similar meaning, but it's not absolutely the same. They are rather semantically overlapped, and so are the suffixes, '-nyeo, -geol', and '-nam, -man'. The suffix, '-ggun', is overlapped with the other suffixes in the semantic qualification [+plural] [±gender].
The productivity of each [+human] suffixes is different. The more varied the type of roots, the higher the productivity. Out of the suffixes of [+plural], '-jok' is the highest in production, and '-dan, -pa' are the lowest. However, the productivity of the suffix, '-tim' is on the rising recently. Out of the suffixes of [-plural], the suffix, '-nyeo' of [-male] has the highest productivity, and '-nam' of [+male] is quite good in productivity, too. The productivity of the suffix, '-geol' suddenly went up in 2012, and '-man' slowly moved up.
The new words which were formed by the [+human] neologism suffixes have the meaning of [an individual or a group who represents the characteristic phenomenon in our society]. Each suffixes show additional characteristics like [+abasement], [a group of people who have the same intent and purpose], and [a group of people who behave same and are professional].
This study will contribute to the understanding of the productivity and semantic characteristics of the suffixes, which play the most important role in formation of new words.