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The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea Vol.26 No.3 pp.145-170

A Study on the Acquisition of the Sibilation of Korean Nominal Stem Final Coronal Consonants by Chinese Korean Advanced Learners: A Sociolinguistic Approach

Wei Guofeng
北京外國語大學 講師


The sibilation of Korean nominal stem final coronal consonants is a common phenomenon in Korean spoken language. Many Korean speakers pronounce /patʰ-i/, /piʨ-ɨl/, /k‘oʨʰ-e/ as [paɕi], [pisɨl], [k’ose]. These are not standard Korean pronunciations. Therefore, Korean learners are supposed not to learn this phenomenon. However, a lot of Chinese Korean advanced learners acquire those pronunciations. In this paper, I try to find why the Chinese Korean advanced learners acquire this phenomenon. Unfortunately, the reason can not be found by traditional error analysis methods. It seems that this sibilation phenomenon occurs randomly and has no connection with the coronal consonants. We can only find that when nouns combine with the postposition in an adessive case this sibilation phenomenon hardly appears. I examined Chinese Korean advanced learners’ spontaneous speaking and then conducted a survey. I show that sociolinguistic elements make a great influence on this acquisition. Lastly, I discuss how to train Chinese Korean advanced learners on this Korean phonological phenomenon.

중국인 한국어 고급 학습자의 체언어간말 설단자음 마찰음화 습득 현상에 대하여 : 사회언어학적 고찰을 중심으로

北京外國語大學 講師