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Sociolinguistic Segmentation Patterns of Fish Naming among Fishermen and Fish Merchants in Busan Korea

Jisuk Kim 1

1경성대학교

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ABSTRACT

Previous studies on the language vernacular used in Korean fishing villages have primarily been conducted from the perspective of fishermen. In order to address this, the present study investigates the pattern of language use according to different occupations by surveying the names of fish used by fishermen and merchants in the fish markets of Busan, Korea. Depending on the language context of the actor, the names used to refer to these fish may vary. The results of classifying the names of fish according to nomenclature mechanisms revealed different patterns of segmentation in fishermen and merchants depending on their environment and perspectives in the language context. Based on the patterns of segmentation, the foundation for a lexical network of fish names was established. Moreover, the segmentation patterns of fish names according to the perspectives of the two types of actors were described. These descriptions demonstrate that the actor’s environment and perception manifest in this segmentation in three stages: visual, analytic, and localized.

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