Sounds Of Chinese Korean: A Variationist Approach

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Sounds Of Chinese Korean: A Variationist Approach

Show simple item record Jin, Wenhua en_US 2008-08-08T02:31:14Z 2008-08-08T02:31:14Z 2008-08-08T02:31:14Z April 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-2064 en_US
dc.description.abstract This study approaches the understudied Chinese Korean from a variationist perspective, with an aim to capture the variation patterns and potential changes in the sounds of Chinese Korean. More specifically, three variables were examined: the voice onset time (VOT) of stop consonants and front rounded vowels /y/ and /ø/. To discern any variation and change in these variables, 35 native speakers of Chinese Korean were interviewed in three different styles and digitally recorded in the Korean community of Shenyang, China. Results of the analysis reveal the existence of a diachronic VOT shift and the "incrementation" of VOT change in the transmission process within this speech community. /ø/ has completely undergone diphthongization into [we],while /y/ presents a more complicated picture with four different variants: [y], [yi], [i] and [u]. It is suggested that instead of undergoing diphthongization as in Seoul Korean, /y/ in Chinese Korean will remain as an underlying monophthong. Variable rule analysis on the four variants of /y/ reveals that [y] occurrence is more favored by word-initial-syllable position; [yi] as a prestigious form is more favored by female and upper class subjects; [i] is basically a sentence reading style indicator; and [u] as a stigmatized form is more common among lower class subjects and in casual style. The [u] variant is also more likely to occur when the preceding segment is [+back]. While the patterns observed above are explicable as reflexes of language-internal variability, one must also consider the possibility of a role played by language and dialect contact. The "transmission" (Labov 2007) within Chinese Korean as a branch of the Korean family tree justifies the continuity of "Chinese Korean" on its own; the "diffusion" across Korean dialects as in the wave model, however, helps foster its similarity, though to varying extent, to its sister. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Silva, David J. en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Linguistics en_US
dc.title Sounds Of Chinese Korean: A Variationist Approach en_US
dc.type Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Silva, David J. en_US Linguistics en_US Linguistics en_US University of Texas at Arlington en_US doctoral en_US Ph.D. en_US
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