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[Jan 30] Everything you want to know about the Korean language and Hangul

Date: January 30, 2024 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Venue: CPD-LG.18, Centennial Campus, HKU

Speaker: Professor Jaehoon Yeon (SOAS University of London | Academy of Korean Studies)

Moderator: Dr. Su Yun Kim  (Korean Studies, HKU)

About the speaker

Jaehoon Yeon is Professor Emeritus of Korean Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and Professor of Global Korean Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies in Korea. Prof. Yeon received his B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics at Seoul National University in Korea and his Ph.D. in Linguistics at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of Korean Grammatical Constructions: Their Form and Meaning (Saffron Books, London), Get Started in Korean (Hodder and Stoughton), and the co-author of Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge), and many other Korean language textbooks. He has also co-edited The Handbook of Korean Linguistics (Wiley Blackwell).

The speaker will provide an overview of the Korean language and the native Korean script, Hangul. Topics will include the origin of the Korean language, linguistic affinity of Korean in relation to Altaic theory, the origin and design principles of the Korean alphabet, Hangul, linguistic divergence between North Korea and South Korea, history of the Korean language, modern Korean dialects, and general characteristics of the Korean language, among many others. After and during the talk, the speaker will take on any questions that you want to ask about the Korean language and its script.

All are welcome, no registration is required.

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