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A History of the Korean Language


  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521661898

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  • A History of the Korean Language is the first book on the subject ever published in English. It traces the origin, formation, and various historical stages through which the language has passed, from Old Korean through to the present day. Each chapter begins with an account of the historical and cultural background. A comprehensive list of the literature of each period is then provided and the textual record described, along with the script or scripts used to write it. Finally, each stage of the language is analyzed, offering new details supplementing what is known about its phonology, morphology, syntax, and lexicon. The extraordinary alphabetic materials of the 15th and 16th centuries are given special attention, and are used to shed light on earlier, pre-alphabetic periods.

    • The first book on the history of the Korean language published in English
    • Traces the history of the language from its origins right up to the present day
    • A uniform structure for each chapter makes it easier to compare different stages in the development of the language
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A thrilling, succinct book on the genetic origin, formation and development of Korean - a must-read.' Chungmin Lee, Seoul National University

    '… a comprehensive yet concise overview of the history of the Korean language … the authors synthesize lucidly the results of decades of Korean and Western scholarship.' Ross King, University of British Columbia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521661898
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Origins
    2. The formation of Korean
    3. Old Korean
    4. Early middle Korean
    5. Late middle Korean
    6. Early modern Korean
    7. Contemporary Korean.

  • Authors

    Ki-Moon Lee, Seoul National University
    Ki-Moon Lee is Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University.

    S. Robert Ramsey, University of Maryland, College Park
    S. Robert Ramsey is Professor and Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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