The Discourse Strategy of Code Switching on SNS Texts: Focusing on the Case of Chinese-Korean and Chinese


This study aims to figure out the discourse functions of code switching which appears in the texts chatted on SNS, especially Kakaotalk(Korean Mobile Messanger) and Wechat(Chinese Mobile Messanger). In order to satisfy this purpose, this study observed and analyzed several dialogues of 10 Chinese Koreans and 10 Chinese people living in Korea. The results are as follows. First, Chinese Korean and Chinese student use a lot of code switching examples strategically in the observed texts. Second, Chinese Korean generally uses Korean when they say official things or important information. As for daily conversation, it is difficult to say to have constant tendency. The texts show that the preceding languages affect language selection of the following person. Third, Chinese people use Chinese language in the daily conversation; but they use Korean language when need official or personal help. On SNS supporting group chat like Kakaotalk and Wechat, the users exchange official and personal information together. Chinese people and Chinese Korean use code switching depending on formality of information or a request for personal help. It seems to be discourse strategy to make successful and effective communication in the society they belong to.

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Boyeong Kim, Yonsei University, South Korea

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Conference: ACLL2016
Stream: Sociolinguistics

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