The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea 2022 KCI Impact Factor : 0.59

Korean | English

pISSN : 1226-4822
Aims & Scope
The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea is a journal of sociolinguistics published by the Sociolinguistic Society of Korea. The journal is concerned with various aspects of speech, language and language use interacting with social life and includes all empirical or theoretical articles with various approaches on the study of language use in social behavior. The inaugural issue of the journal was published in November, 1993. The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea is published four times annually in March, June, September and December, including an international issue. The international issue published in June aims to enhance international scholarship and invite contributors and readers from all over the world. The journal also welcomes reviews of current books.
Kim, Jeongyeon


Citation Index
  • KCI IF(2yr) : 0.59
  • KCI IF(5yr) : 0.49
  • Centrality Index(3yr) : 0.91
  • Immediacy Index : 0.1875

Current Issue : 2024, Vol.32, No.1

  • A Critical Discourse Analysis of the 2022 Presidential Bid of a Former Philippine Opposition Leader

    ARJELYN SANTIAGO | 2024, 32(1) | pp.1~41 | number of Cited : 0
    This study conducted a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo’s presidential proclamation bid considering differing ideologies between two opposing political parties in the Philippines. Robredo employed language to persuade people to support her ideologies and, ultimately, to cast their votes for her. Analyzing her speech through Fairclough’s three-dimensional CDA model yielded the following several key insights. First, the textual analysis of Robredo’s proclamation bid revealed multiple personal and impersonal motivations in using linguistic markers such as personal pronouns, mood, and modality. Second, the processing analysis of Robredo’s political discourse displayed her lexical choices and use of rhetorical norms such as metaphors, repetition, and three-part lists to persuade people to change their views on the government. Finally, the social analysis of Robredo’s proclamation speech revealed her ideologies as a political leader, which became the basis for constructing a self-identity relevant to her orientation of power. This analysis of Robredo’s political discourse through CDA explored the relationship between language, ideologies, and power. The findings of this study are expected to stimulate listeners to critically observe the verbal political behaviors of speakers.
  • Phonological Aspects of American and British Englishes Embedded in Korean English: A Perspective of Linguistic Realities

    En Hye Lee | Lee, Chee Hye | 2024, 32(1) | pp.43~74 | number of Cited : 0
    This paper explores the rationale behind the shift from Quirk’s deficit linguistics to Kachru’s liberation linguistics in English widely used in Korea. Despite the Korean government’s efforts to enhance communicative competence aligned with Inner Circle-oriented American Standard English, the study questions the perception of Korean English being solely dominated by American English from sociolinguistic perspectives. To delve into both psychological and empirical perspectives on English in Korea, a questionnaire survey involving 100 Korean college students is employed. The focus is on assessing the extent of influence from both American English and British English on Korean English. Additionally, the study examines how linguistic realities, disregarding sociolinguistic or functional aspects, contribute to the current state of Korean English. The analysis of survey data reveals that Korean linguistics, especially phonology, plays a role in shaping the dynamics of Korean English, supporting Kachru’s liberation linguistics. This contributes to the shift from the stage of aspiring to be more native-like American English to the stage of World Englishes, establishing itself as a variant of English in its own right.
  • Study on Public Perception on the Use of Metaphors in Medical Discourse

    Song Hyun Ju | Kim Yeni | Miju Hong | 2024, 32(1) | pp.75~105 | number of Cited : 0
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    This study aims to examine the public's perception of the appropriateness of metaphorical expressions used by medical professionals in medical discourse. A sample of 142 individuals were asked to evaluate the appropriateness of ten metaphorical expressions used by health-care experts. Additionally, questions were posed about the effects of using metaphors. The ten items showed variability in the degree of appropriateness, with metaphors being considered more appropriate when the target was familiar and the similarity between the source and target domains was high. Positive aspects of metaphor use by medical professionals included aiding in understanding, with respondents perceiving such professionals as kind, considerate of patients, and trustworthy. Negative aspects included difficulties in understanding when the similarity between the metaphorical targets was low, requiring lengthy and complex thought processes, and potential misunderstandings of scientific facts. Approximately 15% of respondents reported their own experiences with metaphorical expressions in medical discourse, noting that these metaphors helped them understand the illness and treatment, and induced positive behavioral changes.