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A Study on the Community-terms in Internet Network: Focused on the Terms of Bicycle Community

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2009, 17(1), pp.109-133
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics

Kim, Jungwoo 1

1한성대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study is to examine the characteristics of community-terms on bicycle in internet network . Recently bicycle riding is one of the leading trends in Korea. The Korean Government is actively pursuing the policy for bicycle riding, and the people who are interested in bicycle riding are on the increase. New trend makes new words. This study is valuable in that it shows how social change produces effects on the change of words. For this study, 118 words posted on the community bulletin were collected and the characteristics of word formation were looked at from two perspectives. One was an analysis of the overall aspects of morphemic and semantic changes, and the other was concrete aspects of morphemic and orthographic changes. Next, the three psychological characteristics represented in the community-terms were explained: 1) relation strengthening through the contraction of buzzwords, 2) meaning reinforcement through allegorical figurations, and 3) emotional expressions through the variation of implication. In conclusion, community-terms seem to have the power to strengthen the unity of community members.

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