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Issues of Frequency in Korean Neologisms

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2020, 68(), pp.213-239
  • DOI : 10.19033/sks.2020.6.68.213
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : May 19, 2020
  • Accepted : June 17, 2020
  • Published : June 30, 2020

Kilim Nam 1

1경북대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper presents the current research trends in neologisms and discusses issues regarding the use of frequency criteria for the analysis of Korean neologisms from the perspective of corpus linguistics and lexicography. The literature on neologisms usually agrees that frequency plays a central role in the inclusion of neologisms in the dictionary; however, frequency is more complex than it appears as it entails a number of factors such as the time span of a word’s use as well as the variety of registers and aspects of frequency. The use of Web data to extract neologisms – instead of a balanced corpus – has brought about a new range of more complex issues that call for new ways to be tackled. This study investigates the issues raised by the application of frequency criteria to the neologism analysis when using Web corpus methodology. Chapter 2 reviews previous research trends related to neologism frequency from the point of view of linguistics and neologism studies. Chapter 3 examines and discusses frequency issues in terms of the unit and object of neologisms (3.1), Web register variations (3.2), and the relationship between frequency and users’ perception (3.3).

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