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The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea Vol.21 No.2 pp.71-92

Language Attitudes of English­-Korean Bilinguals:A Qualitative Analysis of Self-­Reports via Interviews*

Jeongeun Lee
Yonsei University
Received: 6. 1. 2013, Revised: 7. 20. 2013, Accepted: 7. 31. 2013


This study observes how second generation English-Korean bilinguals display language attitudes during an unstructured interview, and how they construct their identities in narratives. The interviews were about their language use, culture, and identities. The interviewees made use of specific types of speech acts as part of their response strategies. The analysis focused on these speech acts and the positioning of themselves and others. Findings of the qualitative analysis revealed the interviewees′language attitudes, especially when they defined their mother tongue and explained the communicative situations and language choices. This study found that the interviewees have developed negative or indifferent attitudes towards verbal exchanges with native Koreans because their choice to speak Korean in conflict-ridden communication led to positioning of themselves as inarticulate, rule-breaking, berated, and alien. Their failure to achieve cooperation and recognition when they communicated in Korean had negative influences on their self-esteem, which significantly impacted the use of Korean as heritage language, and the formation of their identities as the second generation Kyopos. (185)



  1. Journal Abbreviation : j. Korea Saf. Manag. Sci.
    Frequency : Published three times annually in April, August and December, including an international issue
    Doi Prefix : 10.14353/sjk.
    Year of Launching : 2013
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