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Mixed Feelings : Attitudes towards English loanwords and their use in South Korea

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Rüdiger, Sofia:
Mixed Feelings : Attitudes towards English loanwords and their use in South Korea.
In: Open Linguistics. Vol. 4 (2018) Issue 1 . - pp. 184-198.
ISSN 2300-9969
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opli-2018-0010

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This questionnaire study investigates South Korean students’ attitudes towards English loanwords and their use. Even though English enjoys high prestige in Korean society and is considered a requirement for personal and professional advancement, usage of English loanwords is evaluated predominantly negatively or with mixed feelings. For loanwords that semantically deviate from standard English meanings and thus demonstrate Korean identity (i.e., Konglish loanwords), the evaluations turn even more to the negative. Nevertheless, participants also posit positive aspects of general English and Konglish loanword use and, additionally, put forward a variety of perceived reasons for using English words. This study shows that general positive attitudes related to a language can be reversed or at least modified when it comes to the combination of the prestigious language with the native language.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: loanwords; language attitudes; English in Korea; Konglish; lexical borrowing
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature > Chair English Linguistics > Chair English Linguistics - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Susanne Mühleisen
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English, Old English languages
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 10:30
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2019 07:17
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/47848