Korean  Language in Culture and Society (574-250) Spring 2002

MTh 9:50-11:10/ Scott Hall  214

 

Course Objectives:

This is a survey course of Korean language in relation to its culture and society. As an important window through which one understands the culture and society of the people who use it, language reflects people’s social-cultural behaviors, attitudes, thoughts and world-views. The topics include language of emotion, kinship terminology, language and gender, proverbs, metaphors, structure of folk narratives, different forms of diglossia, communication styles, politeness, and the cultural background and  cultural implication of Korean writing system.

 

Instructor: Prof. Young-mee Yu Cho (yucho@rci.rutgers.edu)

Office Hours: Wed. 10:20-11:20 & by appointment

Office: Scott Hall 339 (932-5603)

 

Mon

Thurs.  1/24

Introduction to Korean Language

1/28

Introduction to Korean Language

1/31

Diglossia

2/4

Diglossia

2/7

Korean Writing 

2/11

Writing System

2/14

Writing System

2/18

Language and Culture

2/21

Kinship terms

2/25

Kinship terms

2/28

Sound symbolism

3/4

Sound symbolism

3/7

Midterm 1

3/11

Language of emotions

3/14

Language of emotions

3/25

Communication styles

3/28

Politeness strategies

4/1

Politeness strategies

4/4

Metaphors

4/9

Proverbs

4/11

Folk Narratives

4/15

Language and Gender

4/18

Language and Gender

4/22

Language and Gender

4/25

Midterm 2

4/29

Other issues

5/2

Paper presentations

5/6

Paper presentations

 

Evaluation:

Quizzes: 10 %        Two midterms: 40 %            Oral presentation and Final Paper (7 pages): 30 %

Homework: 10 % Attendance and Class Participation: 10%

 

Class Policy:

  1. No make-up (or late homework) will be permitted.   2. With 4 absences you will fail the course.

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Week 1 & 2: Characteristics of the Korean Language

Cho, et. al (2000) “What kind of language is Korean?” Integrated Korean for English Speakers.

Kim-Renaud  (2000) “Korean Language.” Encarta. Microsoft@

 

Week 3: Historical Diglossia

Cho (2000) “Diglossia in Korean Language and Literature: A Historical Perspective”

 

Week 4: Korean Writing System

Ramsey (1992) “The Korean Alphabet” Ed. Kim-Renaud. King Sejong the Great. ICKL.

Sampson (1985) Writing Systems. London: Hutchinson.

 

Week 5: General Issues in Language and Culture

Hill (1988) “Language, Culture and World-view.” Language: The Socio-Cultural Context. Linguistics: The Cambridge Survey IV. Cambridge University Press.

 

Week 6: Kinship Terms

Yu (1991) “My names” Arirang.  Seoul.

Sung (1981) “Chinese Personal Naming.” Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association. 16. 2.

[Yi (1975) Kinship system in Korea. New Haven: Human Relations Area Files.]

 

Week 7: Sound Symbolism

Diffloth (1972) “Notes on Expressive Meaning.” Chicago Linguistic Society. 8 440-447.

Cho (to appear). “Sound symbolism in Korean.” Korean Language in Culture and Society.  U. Hawaii.

 

Week 8: Language of Emotions

Duranti (1987) “Universal and Culture-Specific Properties of greetings.” Journal of Linguistic

 Anthropology. 7. 1. 63-97.

Kim (1978) “Cultural and Linguistic variables in the language of emotion of Americans and Koreans.”

Papers in Korean Linguistics.

Lukoff (1978) “Ceremonial and expressive uses of the styles of address in Korean.”

 

Week 9: Politeness and Speech Levels

Brown and Ford (1972) “The pronouns of power and solidarity.” Language and Social Context.

Martin (1964) “Speech Levels in Japan and Korea” Ed. Hymes. Language in Culture and Society.

Sohn (1986) “Cross-cultural patterns of honorifics and socio-linguistic sensitivity to honorific variables:

Evidence from English, Japanese and Korean.”  Linguistic Expeditions.

 

Week 10-11: Metaphors, Proverbs and Folk Narratives

Kim (1997) “A Cognitive study of metaphorical expressions for life and death in Korean.” The Korean Journal of Linguistics.

Quinn (1991) “The cultural basis of metaphors.” Ed. Fernandez. Beyond Metaphor: The Theory of Tropes

 in Anthropology.

Ha (1967) Maxims and Proverbs of Old Korea. Seoul: Yonsei University Press.

Ha (1971) Tales from the Three Kingdoms. Seoul: Yonsei University Press.

 

Week 12-13: Language and Gender

Tannen (1992)  “How men and women use language differently.” Newsweek.  March.

Trudgill (1974) “Language and Sex.” Sociolinguistics. London. Penguin Books.

Ochs (1992) “Indexing Gender.” Rethinking Context: Language as an Interactive Phenomenon. 

Park (1983) “Women’s Speech in Korean and English.”

Chung (1986) “Women’s liberation and the Korean ordinary language.”