1st Edition

A Study of Sino-Korean Phonology
Its Origin, Adaptation and Layers

ISBN 9780367597917
Published August 13, 2020 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The term Sino-Korean may refer to either the phonological system or vocabulary in Korean that is of Chinese origin. Along with the borrowing of Chinese characters, the Chinese readings of characters must also have been transmitted into Korean. A Study of Sino-Korean Phonology aims to contribute to the field of Sino-Korean phonology by re-examining the origin and layers of Sino-Korean pronunciations from a loanword phonology perspective. The central issues of this book include an ongoing discussion on the questions of which Chinese dialect Sino-Korean is based on and how the source form in Chinese was adapted into Korean. Last is an in-depth analysis of the layers of Sino-Korean.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Mandarin Loanwords in Modern Korean  3. Initial System of Middle Sino-Korean  4. Final System of Middle Sino-Korean  5. Tonal System of Middle Sino-Korean  6. Investigation into the Origin of Sino-Korean  7. Conclusion


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Youyong Qian is Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He received his PhD in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 and MA in Chinese Linguistics from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2010. His research interests include theoretical linguistics, phonology, Chinese historical phonology, Korean historical phonology, and second language acquisition.