S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 20 Number 1/4 (1984)
An Overview of Issues in the Vowel System and Vowel Harmony of Korean : Disharmony among the Hypotheses of Vowel Harmony
- Lee, Sang-Oak
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.20 No.4, pp. 417-451
- The vowel system is the preliminary basis for the study of vowel harmony (henceforth, VH) in a certain language. Therefore, to discuss VH in Korean it is worthwhile to review vowel systems at several stages of the Korean language, beginning with the simple vowel system of Late Middle Korean (henceforth, LMK) from the fifteenth to the sixteenth century. The establishment of a vowel system for LMK is a rather controversial topic amongst phonologists. In fact, there are principally five different systems suggested by more than a dozen scholars, including two Japanese phonologists.