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A Corpus-driven Approach to Korean and English Newspaper Obituaries

빈도 분석을 활용한 한·영 사망기사 특징 비교

  • Received : 2014.09.29
  • Accepted : 2014.10.15
  • Published : 2014.11.28

Abstract

This study examines newspaper obituaries in Korean media and English media. Initially, 100 Korean obituaries were collected from the JoongAng Ilbo which span over more than three years, from May 2011 to August 2014. After that, another 50 Korean obituaries were gathered from the DongA Ilbo which were published over the same time period with the JoongAng Ilbo. As for English newspapers, obituaries from the New York Times and the Guardian were included in the corpus for comparison. First, the structure and composition of obituaries in each language (Korean and English) are compared. Korean obituaries show a pattern of a combination of a death notice and an obituary. Second, distinct features of each newspaper are discussed. The JoongAng Ilbo has its obituary section titled "Life and Memories", and the DongA Ilbo's obituaries are under the heading of "Rest in Peace." Obituaries in the New York Times appear in print on different pages of the paper according to the deceased's field of interest. Following discussion of formal structure and characteristics of each newspaper, Korean and English obituaries will be compared in terms of content and cultural context.

Keywords

Newspaper Obituaries;Corpus Analysis;the JoongAng Ilbo;the DongA Ilbo;the New York Times;the Guardian

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