The Korean Alphabet: Its History And Structure

November 1, 1997|
The Korean Alphabet: Its History And Structure by Young-key Kim-renaud
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The Korean alphabet, commonly known as han''gul, has been called one of the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind. Experts agree that few writing systems can match its simplicity and efficiency, its elegance and intelligence.

The only alphabet completely native to East Asia, han''gul distinguishes itself among writing systems of the world with its scientific qualities and unusual linguistic fit to the Korean language. Most strikingly, the theoretical underpinnings of the language, as well as the time and circumstances of its creation, are clearly known and recorded. Han''gul was invented in 1443 and promulgated in 1446 by King Sejong (1418-1450), sage ruler of the Yi dynasty (1392-1910).

This volume, the first book-length work on han''gul in English by Korean-language specialists, is comprised of ten essays by the most active scholars of the Korean writing system. An instructive commentary by eminent linguist Samuel Martin follows, offering perceptive comments on the essays as well as a discussion on Martin''s own research findings on the script.

Title:The Korean Alphabet: Its History And StructureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Hawaii PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0824817230

ISBN - 13:9780824817237

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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