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The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea Vol.30 No.3 pp.91-119

Distribution and Usage of Unethical Expressions According to Registers in Broadcast Conversations and Messenger Talks

Nam Killim, Go Yelin, Song Hyunju
Professor, College of Humanities, Kyungpook National University,Yelin Go, MA student, College of Humanities, Kyungpook National University,Professor, Teachers College


This paper analyses various types of unethical expressions and distribution features in both large-scale broadcasting corpus and messenger corpus. The use of these unethical expressions appear to vary considerably depending on the register. As such, annotations for de-identification should be based on a register-specific approach rather than a general one. The results of the study can be summarized as follows. First, unethical expressions are categorized into four types: 'swearing expressions, hate speech, aggressive expressions, and sexual expressions.' Second, the quantitative analysis shows that the amount of unethical expressions in messenger is much higher than in broadcasting. Third, the proportion of [+person] expressions is very high in broadcast conversations, while swearing expressions account for more than 90% of the unethical expressions in the messenger corpus. Our study suggests that register variation, contextual information and language categories beyond word unit need to be reconsidered to detect unethical expressions.




  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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