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Discourse Analysis of Newspapers on Korean Military Interpreters in the U.S. Army (1945~1953): From the Perspective of Discourse-Historical Approach(DHA)

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2023, 31(3), pp.35-69
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics
  • Received : August 17, 2023
  • Accepted : September 14, 2023
  • Published : September 30, 2023

Ko, Sun Jung 1

1한국외국어대학교

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ABSTRACT

After Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule, the U.S. established USAMGIK (United States Army Military Government in Korea). USAMGIK required many Korean-English interpreters to serve as language specialists and administrative officers. This study considers Korean military interpreters as a collective concept referring to a group of language experts and aims to analyze news reports about the group from 1945 to 1953. At that time, some news reports criticized Korean interpreters who served for the U.S. military because the experts abused their language power to influence Korean people by using their social position to pursue their own interests. However, such negative opinion revealed multifaceted problems, such as political dissent from the USAMGIK and its flawed language policy. From the perspective of Wodak and Reisigl’s (2001) proposed Discourse-Historical Approach (DHA), it can be explained as interdiscursive relationships among discourses about Korean military interpreters and the USAMGIK. Through an analysis of these overlapping discourses, this study discusses their interconnectedness.

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