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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

History and Structure of the Korean Language

Course Code:
155901272
Unit value:
1
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Fourth year Korean reading skills.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The aim of this course is to provide students taking BA degree in Korean  with a clear understanding of the history and structure of Korean language. Students who take the course will be expected to develop advanced analytical skills in the understanding of Korean linguistics and the historical development of Korean language. Students who complete the course will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the grammatical structure of Korean language.

Workload

Total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

  1. Introductions: Language and Linguistics
  2. The structural characteristics of Korean
  3. The Origin of Korean: Altaic Theory
  4. History of Korean Language: Old Korean, Middle Korean, Modern Korean, Contemporary Korean
  5. Romanization of Korean
  6. Korean writing (I): Hangul
  7. Korean Writing (II): Hyangchal, Idu, Kugyol
  8. Linguistic Divergence between North and South Korean
  9. The Modern Dialects
  10. Phonetics and Phonology
  11. Words and Parts of Speech, Word Formation
  12. Phrase Structure
  13. Syntax
  14. Honorifics and Speech Styles
  15. Korean Grammatical Constructions (I)
  16. Korean Grammatical constructions (II)
  17. Korean Grammatical constructions (III)
  18. Comparative studies on Korean-Japanese Morpho-syntax
  19. Topics in Korean Language Teaching (I)
  20. Topics in Korean Language Teaching (II)

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (80%); one essay/report of 2,500 words to be submitted at the end of week 1, term 2 (10%); one essay/report of 2,500 words to be submitted at the end of week 1, term 3 (10%).

Suggested reading

A comprehensive reading list will be provided to students at the beginning of the course.