The purpose of this study is to examine phonological variations of internet-based Korean language use. A review of data revealed variations in the consonants and vowels, and the syllable structure of a word. First, online language users tend to employ a polite speech style ending with -yeo instead of –yo, and the diphthong, /wə/ was also monophthongized into either /ə/ or /o/. Second, the nasal consonants /m/ or /ŋ/ were added into a syllable final position of a CV syllable, yielding a CVC syllable It was also found that the nasal /m/ was used in the deferential speech style with the omission of the middle syllable of -sup-ni-da, resulting in –sum-da. It is suggested that online Korean language users employ those phonological variations to deliver solidarity and intimacy to the addressee, establishing specific linguistic forms in an online speech community.
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- Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
- Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
- Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
- Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
- Volume : 37
- No :1
- Pages :63-74