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Chinese Linguistics in Korea
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This account is a brief overview of the state of Chinese linguistics in Korea. Because Korea and China are neighboring countries, Chinese was for a long time the most important influence on the Korean language. This dominance stretched from the beginning of Korea’s history to the early 20th century, from which point the Korean language was increasingly exposed to both Japanese and English in this order. Thus, Chinese has had a significant influence on the Korean language thanks to more than two millennia of constant linguistic and cultural contact (Chinese and Korean). The development…

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Ik-sang EOM, “Chinese Linguistics in Korea”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000073>
First published online: 2015

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