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A Study on the Method of Word Formation through Newly-coined Words Collected from Twitter

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2013, 42(), pp.537-555
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yoon Gyung-Seon 1

1중앙대학교 국제처 국제교육원

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine how neologisms used on SNS are different from the existing or new words in terms of the method of word formation through newly-coined words collected from Twitter, one of social media. These days, most of Smartphone users use one or more SNS. SNS(Social Network Service) allows real-time conversation to be common and a number of neologisms are constantly appearing and disappearing. As the existing new words, neologisms on SNS are coined by the traditional method of word formation, which is complex and derivative. However, it is noticeable that neologisms usually used on SNS show distinctive word combinations as well as affixes attached to a word stem that previous studies of new words have dealt with. A group of young people, who refuse a cliché and long for fresh and amazing expressions, creates such a new word in a natural and prolific way. This study attempts to investigate a new pattern of word formation through recent neologisms that seem to follow the traditional method of word formation, but in fact, do not follow it. The result of analysis on examples on Twitter shows that some new words are derived by the existing derivative affixes or seem to be derived by it although it is not a real affix. The creation of a new word and its use were more prosperous in substantial accord with the nature of SNS. Through the additional study, the method of neologism formation will be organized by setting up a category of Twitter users who engage in many different jobs and having the more number of tweet.

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