S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 35 Number 1/4 (1999)
Nationalism and Globalism in Transliteration Systems: Romanization Debates in Korea
- Fouser, Robert J.
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.35 No.1, pp. 151-177
- The debate over romanization of Korean flared anew in 1997 as the National Academy for the Korean Language presented a proposal for a new romanization system to replace the current system, which closely resembles the 1939 McCune-Reischauer system. The debate between advocates of the new system and defenders of the current system came from differing views on the role of han'gul in the maintenance of Korean cultural nationalism. Supporters of the new system argued that the current system is flawed because it deviates greatly from han'gul orthography by representing allophonic changes with different Roman letters, which makes it difficult for Koreans to use the current system. They further argue that the current system offends Korean national pride because it distorts the "purity" and "scientific intent" of han'gul. Defenders of the current system, however, Nationalism and Globalism in Transliteration Systems: Homanization Debates in Korea J 77 argue that it helps non-native speakers come up with a reasonably accurate Korean pronunciation. They also stress the aesthetic appeal of the current system to non-Koreans over all other systems of romanization.
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