• Cherry Kit Ying Chan Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan
  • Aiden Yeh Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan


linguistic markers, social anxiety disorder, corpus discourse analysis, mental health, K-pop, emotional distress, social anxiety disorder, corpus discourse analysis, mental health, k-pop, emotional distress, linguistic markers


Mental health issues have become prevalent among music artists, more specifically among Korean pop (K-pop) idols. Bangtan Boys’ (BTS) Agust D (aka Suga), for a time adopted his alter ego to voice out his inner turmoil. Using corpus discourse analysis grounded on emotion-focused therapy framework, we analysed the linguistic patterns used by Agust D in his trilogy of mixtapes i.e., Agust D, D-2, and D-day released in 2016, 2020, and 2023. Findings showed his creative use of language in describing his contrasting emotions e.g., fear and anger. Linguistic evidence suggests that his anger is a primary maladaptive emotion which channelled self-criticism triggered by fear and shame, and denial of his feelings was a form of self-defence. Changes in the linguistic patterns were significant as they presented his state of mental well-being, coming to terms with his inner struggles, and fully embracing his true self.

Author Biographies

Cherry Kit Ying Chan, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

Cherry Kit Ying Chan holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Hong Kong and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in English in Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan. Her research interests include discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Aiden Yeh, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan

Dr. Aiden Yeh is an Associate Professor at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan where she teaches Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, and Linguistics. Her current research interests focus on corpus and critical discourse analysis. She received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, U.K.


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How to Cite

Chan, C. K. Y. ., & Yeh, A. (2024). THANKS AND GOODBYE: A CORPUS-ASSISTED DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ON EMOTIONAL DISTRESS IN BTS’ SUGA’S K-POP COMPOSITIONS. Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, 5(1), 12–31.