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Terms of Address and Honorifics for the Leaders of the South and North Korea in Press Reports: Focusing on the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2020, 28(1), pp.201-228
  • DOI : 10.14353/sjk.2020.28.1.08
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics
  • Received : January 31, 2020
  • Accepted : March 5, 2020
  • Published : March 31, 2020

Lee Jeongbok 1

1대구대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to compare how the South and North Korean press used the terms of address and honorifics for the leaders of the two Koreas. We analyze the press reports related to the three inter-Korean summits in 2018 and the Panmunjeom meeting among the leaders of two Koreas and USA in 2019. We focused on the data of address terms and honorifics for President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un used by the South Korean and North Korean newspapers. Specifically, we looked at the difference in usages between the South Korean newspapers and North Korea's newspaper Rodong Sinmun, the difference in usages between the Hankyoreh and Chosun Ilbo in South Korea, and the difference in usages between the 2000 and 2018 inter-Korean summits. Through this analysis and discussion, we can clearly see that many factors affect the use of language in the media, such as the political system of the two Koreas, the political attitude of the two South Korean media toward North Korea, and the age of the top leaders of North Korea.

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