1st Edition

Emergence of Korean English How Korea's Dynamic English is Born

By Jieun Kiaer, Hyejeong Ahn Copyright 2024
    192 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Emergence of Korean English explores the dynamic nature of emerging Korean English and its impact on Korean society, culture, and identity.

    This book challenges the negative stereotypes and stigmatization of Konglish and argues that it has been a great asset for Korea’s fast economic development. The fate of Korean English has been transformed in the time of the Korean wave as the K-fandom actively engages with Korean English. The book offers a comprehensive overview of Korea’s encounter with the English language and provides an in-depth analysis of linguistic characteristics, pragmatic features, and cross-cultural and cross-linguistic aspects of Korean English. The authors examine the unique linguistic features of Korean English, including phonological, syntactic, and lexical features, and highlight the sociocultural implications of these features for Korean society.

    In addition, the book discusses the role of Hallyu fandom languages in the emergence of Korean English and the growth of Korean pop culture worldwide. It also provides insights into the English fever in South Korea and its impact on education, society, and culture.

    This book is a valuable resource for scholars, students, and professionals who are interested in the emergence of Korean English and its social, cultural, and linguistic implications for Korea and the global community.


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    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Korea’s Encounter with the English Language

    Chapter 3. Konglish, Korean English, and Englishised Korean

    Chapter 4. Linguistic Characteristics

    Chapter 5. Pragmatics of Korean English

    Chapter 6. Hallyu Fandom Languages

    Chapter 7. English Fever in South Korea

    Chapter 8. Conclusion





    Jieun Kiaer holds the Young Bin Min-KF Professorship in Korean Linguistics at the University of Oxford. Her research delves into the dynamic aspects of English, especially from an Asian perspective.

    Hyejeong Ahn is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her professional experience as an educator spans three countries: Australia, South Korea, and Singapore.