Questions of appropriateness and authenticity in the representation of Korean honorifics in textbooks for second language learners

  title={Questions of appropriateness and authenticity in the representation of Korean honorifics in textbooks for second language learners},
  author={Lucien Brown},
  journal={Language, Culture and Curriculum},
  pages={35 - 50}
  • L. Brown
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Linguistics
  • Language, Culture and Curriculum
This paper explores the representation of honorifics in the teaching of Korean as a second language through the analysis of three leading series of textbooks published in Seoul. Despite the fact that Korean is a language with a highly developed honorifics system, these textbooks at times under-emphasize the importance of honorifics and focus around one particular ‘level’ of honorification. If learners were to apply this ‘level’ to real-world encounters, it would be ‘too deferential’ for use… 
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