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2022, Vol.30, No.3

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    A Study of Language Policy on Typography of Signboard

    Yujin, Kim | 2022, 30(3) | pp.1~26 | number of Cited : 0
    The purpose of this study is to examine the typography of the language used on signboards with a focus on the typographical norms and to make policy recommendations that consider exactly which factors are evaluated when approaching this 'signboard language' as a target of language policy. most of the studies related to signboard language have classified signboard language as an object of purification based on the actual condition survey of signboard language using quantitative research. This study takes a different approach to try and examine which factors should be considered before classifying signboard language as an object of purification in the normative aspect. To this end, this study investigated the actual condition of signboard language markings on the Hangeul Sign Street in Insa-dong and interviewed a business owner who had experience signboard posting. Through the interview with the business owner, the producer of the signboard language, this study was able to find clues about the value of sign language-related transcription norms to the business owner and the direction of the language policy on the signboard language. In an interview with the sign language owner I tried to find clues about the value of the signboard language and the direction of the language policy toward the signboard language and looked at various factors to consider.
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    Sociolinguistic Consideration on Use of the Japanese Word ‘Omakase’ in Korea: Focusing on Newspaper Articles

    Kim Yoon-hee | 2022, 30(3) | pp.27~55 | number of Cited : 0
    The purpose of this study is to examine how the Japanese word, ‘omakase’, is used in Korean newspaper articles and analyze its inflow and settlement in the sociolinguistic background. The word, ‘Omakase’, is frequently used in newspaper articles in the areas of culture, economy, international, and local. It is commonly used in the area of food and beverage, and in some cases, it extends to other areas, such as the economy. The cases of uses in the existing category are sushi omakase, sashimi omakase, and Japanese food omakase. The cases of extensive uses in the food and beverage category are Korean beef omakase, native chicken omakase, seafood omakase, homemade meal omakase, and lamb chops omakase. Examples of use in other categories or creating hybrid words include omakase economy, omakase nail, imokase, and Haenyeo-kase. The use of omakase in newspaper articles has gradually increased since 2002, and it has been increasing dramatically since 2013. The reason of its extensive use is considered the influence of various social backgrounds, for instance, the opening of Japanese pop culture or the entryof Japanese franchises into Korea.
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    Language, Language Use, and Co-activation of Multiple Processing Units in the Brain

    Jee-Hong Kim | 2022, 30(3) | pp.57~89 | number of Cited : 0
    Language use is divided into production and understanding in which each component has its own sub-parts, although they share core language part (its form) in common. Given memory-based approach, it is claimed, at least five layers of our mind must simultaneously be activated to pass in a retrospective cycle in language use. A surface form, or a flow of sounds or letters, leads to a trigger to find an intention-in-action in any verbal communication that fits the situation of communication. This dramatically opens up a new phase to focus, once we deal with the overall aspect of language use.
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    Distribution and Usage of Unethical Expressions According to Registers in Broadcast Conversations and Messenger Talks

    Killim Nam , Go Yelin , Song Hyun Ju | 2022, 30(3) | pp.91~119 | number of Cited : 0
    This paper analyses various types of unethical expressions and distribution features in both large-scale broadcasting corpus and messenger corpus. The use of these unethical expressions appear to vary considerably depending on the register. As such, annotations for de-identification should be based on a register-specific approach rather than a general one. The results of the study can be summarized as follows. First, unethical expressions are categorized into four types: 'swearing expressions, hate speech, aggressive expressions, and sexual expressions.' Second, the quantitative analysis shows that the amount of unethical expressions in messenger is much higher than in broadcasting. Third, the proportion of [+person] expressions is very high in broadcast conversations, while swearing expressions account for more than 90% of the unethical expressions in the messenger corpus. Our study suggests that register variation, contextual information and language categories beyond word unit need to be reconsidered to detect unethical expressions.
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    A Comparative Study on the Recognition and Usage Patterns of Dialects, Vernacular, and Regional Languages: Focusing on Naver News Corpus

    Juhyeon Ahn , Miae Ahn | 2022, 30(3) | pp.121~163 | number of Cited : 0
    To clarify the concepts of dialects, vernacular and regional languages used with similar meanings, this study attempted to reveal the usage patterns and concepts of these expressions based on written corpus. The written corpus of printed newspaper articles from the online Naver News Library that archived newspaper articles from 1920 to 1999 and the news article corpus crawled by the online Naver News portal from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2021 were extracted and analyzed. In particular, this paper analyzed the relationship between collates and keywords based on the corpus linguistic research methodology of the news article corpus for the past eighteen years and how they were being used in official records and press documents by corresponding with the 'dialects, vernacular, and regional languages' in socio-linguistic terms of modern Korean. The results are summarized as follows. First, the concept of linguistic norms that a dialects have terms corresponding to the words or standard languages was established after the 1930s. Second, in the library of newspaper articles published in the 20th century, dialects or vernaculars were perceived as negative objects to be removed in preparation for standard language. Third, it can be seen that the positive value judgment on 'vernacular' has increased in the corpus of news articles over the past decade. Fourth, dialects and vernacular, regional language, and standard language were used to be compatible with each other, and it can been seen that dialects were mainly used in academic contexts and vernacular were mainly used in everyday contexts. Fifth, it can be confirmed that the positive perception of standard language has been maintained in the 20th-century newspaper article corpus and the 21st-century news article corpus for the last eighteen years after the recognition of standard language.
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    A Study on Word Choice Errors in EFL Writing at the Tertiary Level : The Impact of L1 and Cultural Background

    Claudia Sangmi Yun | 2022, 30(3) | pp.165~186 | number of Cited : 0
    The present study aims to categorize common word choice errors in Korean EFL writing and help teachers understand students’ word choice patterns. This study reassures that both L1 and its background cultures affect language learners’ choice of vocabulary in English learning. Korean first-year undergraduate students with low levels of English proficiency participated in this study. The students were required to carry out a writing log, a collection of nine pieces of weekly assignments of paragraph writing during the semester. They were allowed to use any type of automatic translation such as Google Translate or Papago for revision and editing. The errors that the students produced were classified into three categories, and significant findings were obtained regarding lexical errors caused by literal translation, cultural differences, and L1 word order. The findings are interpreted in terms of cultural and linguistic differences between the first and target languages. They can give ideas for teachers to instruct EFL writing strategies on students’ word choice errors.
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    A Basic Study on Assessment of Korean Language Proficiency in Academic Performance of Foreign Undergraduate Students

    Lee Gyeong-ae | 2022, 30(3) | pp.187~212 | number of Cited : 0
    The purpose of this study is to present a diagnostic evaluation tool that can more accurately determine the academic performance level in Korean language proficiency of foreign undergraduate students studying at domestic universities. The diagnostic evaluation diagnoses the academic Korean language proficiency of foreign undergraduates, and provides the diagnosis results to foreign undergraduates, professors, and university institutions so that teaching activities can be conducted efficiently. In this study, it was considered that the ‘Basic Academic Ability Diagnostic Test for the Korean Language Subject' was suitable as a test tool for diagnosing to diagnose the academic achievment of foreign undergraduates. This diagnostic test is a diagnostic tool designed for Korean students in Korea, and it not only continuously verifies its reliability and validity, but also includes background knowledge that Korean university students in Korea are basically acquiring. To prove that the 'Basic Academic Ability Diagnostic Test' is suitable as a diagnostic evaluation tool for foreign undergraduates, the correlation with the Korean language achievement evaluation was analyzed. The correlation between diagnostic evaluation and other items showed a significantly positive correlation. When the diagnostic evaluation score was good, the pre-test and post-test scores of Korean language proficiency, and the TOPIC level was also high. This result proves that the basic academic ability diagnostic test tool is very suitable as a diagnostic evaluation tool for foreign undergraduate students. Also, the analysis result of the pre- and post-tests and the TOPIK test showed a very significant and strong positive correlation with the post-test, and the higher the TOPIK grade, the higher the score of the pre‐test.
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    The Korean Coronavirus Corpus: A Large-Scale Analysis Using Computational Skills

    Lee, Gyu Min , Sanghoun Song | 2022, 30(3) | pp.213~243 | number of Cited : 0
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    Despite the massive impact of COVID-19 on society, beyond the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths, there remains a lack of large-scale data depicting the effects of the virus on the society of the Republic of Korea. To fill this gap, we collected 1.822 million news articles with more than 1 billion morphemes from January 2020 to June 2022, creating a Korean version of the Coronavirus Corpus. This corpus is introduced in the current study. In addition, to demonstrate how such massive corpus can be utilized, we conducted information theoretical analyses to see how the stance of the press media on topics such as vaccines and social distancing affected the COVID-19 situation in the Republic of Korea. Specifically, we utilized several computational linguistic skills including concordance building and sentiment analysis through both traditional and machine learning techniques and measured the transfer entropy to estimate the impact with information theory. The results suggest that the overall impact of the press media on the society was minimal to non-existent.
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    Educating English Teachers in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: Sociocultural Perspectives on the Necessity of and Prospects for Technology-Driven Change in Teacher Education

    Mun Woo Lee | 2022, 30(3) | pp.245~268 | number of Cited : 0
    This study explores the ways in which sociocultural perspectives on English language education can contribute to teacher education the era of artificial intelligence (AI). Three key words that represent the relationship between sociocultural perspectives and English teacher education—context, interaction, and social practice—can each be linked to the key concepts of criticality, multimodality, and action research. Teachers of English need to be ready for the forthcoming changes in the AI era, for which they must be equipped with a critical ability to focus on issues and needs in the Korean context. This ability can be applied in teaching students various types of interactions, especially those involving the use of computers, and will create opportunities for teachers to conduct research of their own and cultivate a professional teacher identity. This study concludes by recommending substantial changes in the current pre-service and in-service English teacher education programs in accordance with these key concepts.
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    Language Forms & Activities Required for Communication Used in Middle School English Textbooks Based on the 2015 Revised National Curriculum

    SiYeon Pyo | 2022, 30(3) | pp.269~294 | number of Cited : 0
    This study attempts to examine the distributions and characteristics of language forms and learning activities necessary for communication used in the middle school textbooks based on the 2015 revised national curriculum. To this end, 12 textbooks were analyzed and compared by grades and 4 textbooks by different publishers. The results are as follows: 1) Of the 38 language forms required for communication in middle school textbooks, 23 forms were commonly addressed in all the textbooks, while 12 forms were optional or missing, which may cause problems in articulated learning. 2) Even in the same language form, the level of difficulty increases as the grade goes up, which follows spiral curriculum. 3) Some language forms were omitted in the list presented in the 2015 revised curriculum, where only examples were presented without explanation. Explicit explanations need adding with elaborately classified examples. 4) Although the activities in the textbooks focus more on language acquisition than language use, they are well-organized to practice core language forms focusing on meaning in a controlled manner and gradually apply them to real life situations.
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    The Development Process of Sociolinguistics and an Attempt to Establish the Concept of Historical Sociolinguistics

    Heo Jae-young | 2022, 30(3) | pp.295~316 | number of Cited : 0
    This article started with the purpose of discussing the need for research considering the historical context in sociolinguistic research. To this end, in this paper, the term ‘historical socilinguistics’ was first proposed, and the emphasis was placed on presenting the rationale. (1) Interest in language and society existed widely before the term sociolinguistics was coined. In particular, there are cases where the term 'sociology of linguistics' was used before the emergence of the term 'socilinguistics' mentioned in Lee Ik-seop (1994), mixtures are also found. (2) It was discussed that the interest in the relationship between language and society is to study the history of the language community, and that interest in the 'language community' has a long history in itself despite the diversity of concepts. (3) In this paper, the ‘history related to the linguistic phenomenon of a language community’ and ‘social factors as a linguistic environment’ are to be explored as ‘historical sociolinguistics’. (4) The need to study the historical and social factors of language change was discussed not only in terms of phonological, vocabulary, and grammatical changes, but also in the process of creation and settlement of translated academic terms.