Prime The Korean Language (SUNY series in Korean Studies) –

An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language its structure and history to its cultural and sociological settingThis book describes the structure and history of the Korean language, ranging from its cultural and sociological setting, writing system, and modern dialects, to how Koreans themselves view their language and its role in society An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language, Lee and Ramsey s work is an important resource for all those interested in Korean history and culture, offering information not readily available elsewhere in the English language literatureThis is an important topic Not only is an understanding of all the intricacies of the Korean language important to an accurate understanding of Korean culture, knowledge of the Korean language is also important to linguists who otherwise might not be interested in East Asian cultures because Korean, both in its written and spoken forms, has several unique features which this book identifies, describes, and explains I particularly like the fact that the data is presented in the Korean alphabet as well as in romanization Comprehensible and comprehensive, this is the best book in English on this subject Don Baker, University of British Columbia

4 thoughts on “The Korean Language (SUNY series in Korean Studies)

  1. Customer Customer says:

    Recommended to any student of the language Covers historical material not available from a simple language course, such as regarding words of Chinese origin or the Hangeul writing script, but which helps aid understanding of the development of certain aspects over time.

  2. "douganderson" "douganderson" says:

    Completely agree with the first reviewer I have the English edition I found every section interesting and useful The design of the alphabet in Korean Writing very unique design , the many sound changes described in Phonology that I wasn t aware of and issues it raises in spelling, the use of tones in Middle Korean and in some dialects of modern Korean But of course the majority of the book is on the grammar of the language It has copious examples and employs a modest set of vocabulary items Many lists abound including a list of 14 appellations that can be used to address a person besides the many used to address relatives.Like Ramsey s book on Chinese, this is a very well written book and employs a very pleasing font Every example is in Hangul and accompanied by modified Yale Romanization Initially, I was not happy with sensayng nim preferring instead something familiar to me like sohnsaeng nim but then I realized the Yale Romanization is much closer in spirit to Hangul and superior to the romanization I was accustomed to.I recommend this book for anyone learning Korean who want to see the big picture The book is packed with useful information that learners would without doubt benefit from I think even advanced students would find something interesting.

  3. Rob Rob says:

    I got this to help learn basic Korean I hoped it would help me with grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure and things While it has some of that, it seems intended for people who study languages for the history of how they were formed I tried to stay with it to see how it might help, but it is obviously for a scholar or someone needing a reference document to write a paper on the Korean language If you re looking to learn conversational Korean, this isn t your book.

  4. Kathryn A. Kathryn A. says:

    Check the book on google books, see what you make of it.I wish I had checked thoroughly before I bought it It seems to be very informative, but not in the way I am looking for It reads like someone s Korean linguistics master s thesis I assume if you already know Korean and are interested in it s linguistic intricacies and history then it might be worth a read Probably better read in the original Korean in that case though In any case, it s not for beginning or intermediate learners just trying to beef up their Korean power I mean the English book has hardly any Korean to read in it