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dc.contributor.author Silva, David J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-30T17:22:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-30T17:22:14Z
dc.date.issued 2003-05
dc.identifier.citation Published in the Journal of Asian Studies 62.2: 640-643 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/11207
dc.description Review by David J. Solva of The Korean Alphabet of 1446: Expositions, OPA, the Visible Speech Sounds, Annotated Translation, Future Applicability by Sek Yen Kim-Cho; The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure by Young-Key Kim-Renaud. en_US
dc.description.abstract Perhaps the most noteworthy product of Korean civilization, han'guil is a source of pride among Koreans: not only does it embody a sense of national uniqueness, but it is also a valuable tool against illiteracy. While this great cultural achievement has merited considerable attention in Korea, detailed English-language accounts of han'guil are scarce. Most prominent among this small body of work is Gari Ledyard's 1966 dissertation, "The Korean Language Reform of 1446," since republished (with modest revisions) in 1998. Two recent volumes about the Korean script are now looking to claim space alongside Ledyard's text: The Korean Alphabet of 1446, by Sek Yen Kim-Cho, and The Korean Alphabet, edited by Young-Key Kim-Renaud. Although both books seek to further our understanding of what makes han'guil unique, only Kim-Renaud's edition merits the attention of serious Korean language scholars; Kim-Cho's contribution, in contrast, falls short what one would expect of a sound academic inquiry. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Association for Asian Studies en_US
dc.subject Korean alphabet en_US
dc.title Review of The Korean Alphabet of 1446 en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.externalLink http://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=1554 en_US
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