Title

Online Contact Effects of English on the Korean Language: Linguistic Features of Korean in Casual Online Situations

Subject Area

Special Topics

Abstract

The globalization of the Internet has become an essential part of modern life. Communicating on the Internet devices has become one of the most popular activities. As a result, a new type of language has emerged, Net-Lingo (Crystal, 2001). Net-lingo is “a medium of electronically globalized interaction, is a type of language with unique characteristics that are mainly found in written online situations, such as chat rooms, bulletin boards, public websites, social networking sites, online games, blogs, and text messages, but it is not confined to online situations” (Daniel, 2009, p.18). As the Internet is globally widespread, one can witness the contact of different languages in online situations, which is different from physical contact in its traditional sense. In the Korean situation, it has been observed that English has had the greatest impact on Korean Net-Lingo. This is evident as English is the globally leading language.

In this paper, I examine how English influences the Korean Net-lingo (KNL) online. Based on my data collected from selected casual online situations, I will investigate the influence of English on KNL from various linguistic perspectives. I envision that English will continue to penetrate in the Korean language online. However, contact effects with English online were rarely recognized in previous studies of KNL. In this sense, the research of language contact online, will be valuable for understanding how different languages interact and influence one another. Ultimately, this research is insightful for the next evolutionary step of the Korean language.

Brief Bio Note

Dr. Jiyoung Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Korean in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of North Georgia. She earned both my B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the University of Georgia. She joined the University of North Georgia in 2010 and established the Korean Program. In 2015, she received the Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure-Track Faculty at the University of North Georgia.

Keywords

Language Contact Online, Korean Net-Lingo, Internet Language

Location

Room 217

Presentation Year

2018

Start Date

4-5-2018 5:15 PM

Embargo

10-31-2017

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Online Contact Effects of English on the Korean Language: Linguistic Features of Korean in Casual Online Situations

Room 217

The globalization of the Internet has become an essential part of modern life. Communicating on the Internet devices has become one of the most popular activities. As a result, a new type of language has emerged, Net-Lingo (Crystal, 2001). Net-lingo is “a medium of electronically globalized interaction, is a type of language with unique characteristics that are mainly found in written online situations, such as chat rooms, bulletin boards, public websites, social networking sites, online games, blogs, and text messages, but it is not confined to online situations” (Daniel, 2009, p.18). As the Internet is globally widespread, one can witness the contact of different languages in online situations, which is different from physical contact in its traditional sense. In the Korean situation, it has been observed that English has had the greatest impact on Korean Net-Lingo. This is evident as English is the globally leading language.

In this paper, I examine how English influences the Korean Net-lingo (KNL) online. Based on my data collected from selected casual online situations, I will investigate the influence of English on KNL from various linguistic perspectives. I envision that English will continue to penetrate in the Korean language online. However, contact effects with English online were rarely recognized in previous studies of KNL. In this sense, the research of language contact online, will be valuable for understanding how different languages interact and influence one another. Ultimately, this research is insightful for the next evolutionary step of the Korean language.