The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure

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University of Hawaii Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 317 pages
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A collection of ten essays which cover topics such as: arguments for King Sejong's personal creation of the script; the Asian and domestic linguistic and socio-cultural background to its creation; the principles under which each symbol was created; and the structure of phonological units.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Inventor of the Korean Alphabet
11
The International Linguistic Background of the Correct Sounds for the Instruction of the People
31
The Principles Underlying the Invention of the Korean Alphabet
89
Graphical Ingenuity in the Korean Writing System With New Reference to Calligraphy
107
The Vowel System of the Korean Alphabet and Korean Readings of Chinese Characters
117
The Invention of the Alphabet and the History of the Korean Language
131
The Structure of Phonological Units in Hangul
145
Experimentation with Hangul in Russia and the USSR 19141937
219
Commentary
263
A Brief Description of the Korean Alphabet
279
Photographs of the Hummin chong um and Hummin chongum haerye
289
Photographs of a Page of a North Korean Newspaper and a Page of a South Korean Newspaper
293
Comparison of Romanization Systems
295
Contributors
299
Index
301

The Phonological Analysis Reflected in the Korean Writing System
161
Orthographic Divergence in South and North Korea Toward an Unified Spelling System
193

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Kim-Renaud is professor of Korean language and culture and international affairs at George Washington University.

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