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A Study on the Juxtaposition Effect and Pluralism of Heterogeneous Languages in Bae Sam-sik’s Play Hwajeonga

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2022, (86), pp.149-175
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.086.04
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : July 3, 2022
  • Accepted : July 19, 2022
  • Published : August 31, 2022

KWON SUNDAE 1

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine heteroglossia found in Hwajeonga written by Bae Sam-sik. In the process of creating a work by composing lines only with the Andong district dialects, the author of Hwajeonga adopts a strategic device to juxtapose heterogenous languages in order to reveal hybridity in language and otherness effectively. Juxtaposition found in Hwajeonga is made in two levels. One is the level in which the scenes using English are inserted effectively to show polyglossia that occurs between Korean and English, and the other is the level in which the scenes using languages either historically or culturally forgotten or almost in the risk of being lost are inserted effectively to reveal heteroglossia that appears in Korean. The former exists mainly in the synchronic context while the latter is mostly present in the diachronic context. With regard to polyglossia in the former, different levels of Andong’s dialects and English are juxtaposed to show that linguistic activity is the product of interaction in which diverse languages come across. Concerning heteroglossia in the latter, various levels that embrace the changes of time are juxtaposed to reveal the polyphonic world of linguistic activities that are overlapped with one another. Hwajeonga reminds us of the fact that the standard language-local language system is not a hierarchical dominant-subordinate relationship with one single center, but a pluralistic relationship with differences.

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