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An Analysis of Free Colloquial Discourse Produced by Female Marriage-immigrants: Focusing on Their Sociolinguistic Competence

Kim,Seon-Jung 1 강현자 1

1계명대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the sociolinguistic competence of female marriage-immigrants through analyzing their free colloquial discourse. Because previous studies on female marriage-immigrants have not been performed based on the natural illocutionary data, an accurate diagnosis of their communication method will be necessary for the efficiency of the Korean education aimed at them, and for the development of their communication ability. For this study, the colloquial discourse situation from five female marriage-immigrants from China, the Philippines and Vietnam was recorded. The sociolinguistic characteristics were analyzed centering on the use of designation, respect terms, and regional words. ‘Eomma’ was used as a designation for their husband’s mother, which means that ‘intimacy’ worked for the designation of their husband’s mother. The respect-word classes for others were limited to the ‘haeyo’ form and the ‘hae’ one, and the reception for listeners was often discarded. In addition, the influence of regional words was found in the vocabulary and grammar, and the more proficient the Korean language, the more frequent the regional word occurrence. Based on the above result, the teaching method of Korean for the immigrants shall be suggested as follows: the teaching has to focus on respect words positively influencing the relationship with the counterpart.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.