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A History of the Korean Language

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Publisher: , 2011.
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From the publisher’s website:

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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