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Analysis of Netizens' Attitudes Toward the Language of K-pop Lyrics: Focusing on BTS

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2023, 31(4), pp.235-277
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics
  • Received : November 13, 2023
  • Accepted : December 12, 2023
  • Published : December 31, 2023

Lee Jeongbok 1

1대구대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study analyzes the language of K-pop lyrics and netizens’ attitudes toward it to clarify the relationship between K-pop lyrics and the Korean language. The number of K-pop songs written in English is increasing, and the proportion of English in the lyrics is high as well. There has also been an increase in the number of songs having only English lyrics. In addition, there are many songs whose lyrics have been changed to Japanese to promote them in Japan. Some netizens had a positive attitude toward foreign language lyrics and stated that they were aware that K-pop was expanding overseas and catering to fans worldwide; therefore, the use of foreign language lyrics was understandable. Furthermore, they stated that such lyrics were good because they provided a different feeling. However, negative attitudes were stronger because many felt that the lyrics of K-pop songs that used large amounts of English were not easily comprehensible, blurred the identity of K-pop, and lowered the quality of the songs. The researchers believe that having Korean lyrics is the minimum requirement for K-pop, and when K-pop maintains its identity and receives love worldwide, the Korean and Hangul that support it will also receive global attention.

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