S-Space Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies (규장각한국학연구원) Korean Culture (한국문화) Korean Culture (한국문화) vol.31 (2003)
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- 서울대학교 규장각한국학연구원
- 한국문화, Vol.31, pp. 1-22
- This study aims to elucidate the phonological motivation of hiatus-resolving processes in Korean. Traditonally, hiatus-resolving phonological processes such as vowel coalescenece have been analyzed mainly in terms of segmental phonotactics, that is , avoiding vowel sequences. In this paper, however, it is argued that hiatus resolution is a syllable-level phonological phenomemnon, not a segment-level one. All the phonological processes conspiring for hiatus resolution have the same phonological motivation: avoiding the generation of marked syllables that are onsetless. The rationale behind the main assumption of this paper is that phonological analysis must be based on the relevant phonological unit.