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Chinese and Korean
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This article explores the relationship between Chinese and Korean. The ancestry of the Korean language has been and remains a matter of controversy to the present day. Altaic (Tungusic in particular) and Japanese have been the most plausible candidates for genetic affinity with Korean. Recently, however, historical pho…

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Ik-sang EOM, “Chinese and Korean”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_000299>
First published online: 2015

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