Role of Music in the Korean and English Language
Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown
“An-nyung” is the standard Korean term of greeting; it is also the standard Korean term of farewell, distinguished only by the the inflections of pitch. Such differences may contribute to the challenges Korean speakers face in learning the spoken English language. This study investigated the role musical elements, such as personal musical history of participants and musical factors found in the speech of Korean and English, plays both in the speaking of the two languages, and also in the learning of English as a second language for Korean speakers. Through techniques such as questionnaires, and analysis of recordings of the participants, this experiment has aimed to improve the quality of life of Korean students with English as a second language by providing insight to the role of music in the Korean and English language.
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