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Suggestions for Politeness Theory Based on Korean Social Culture

  • Korean Semantics
  • 2022, 78(), pp.384-409
  • Publisher : The Society Of Korean Semantics
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : November 10, 2022
  • Accepted : December 7, 2022
  • Published : December 30, 2022

Haeyong Lee 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study raises questions about whether Brown and Levinson's politeness theory is universal, and whether their theory can explain the politeness phenomenon in Korean language. This paper proposed a politeness theory suitable to explain the politeness phenomenon in Korean. To this end, based on actual language data, the concept of face, which is the core of politeness theory, was set as ‘family-centeredism’. In addition, according to the hierarchical status of the relationship, the types of politeness in the Korean language are divided into two categories: 'conventional politeness' and 'strategic politeness'. This study is significant in that it is an attempt to review Brown and Levinson's theory from a critical point of view, and to propose a theoretical framework that can adequately explain the phenomenon of Korean politeness.

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