[KS] Re: North-South Standard Dialects, Regionalism

Jason Shaw Parker parker.294 at osu.edu
Tue Aug 8 09:29:36 EDT 2000

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As far as I am aware, regionalism is the result of the geographic 
composition of the peninsula. This created very difficult terrain to cross 
in the Yi and previous periods prior to modernization, which lent its hand 
at creating regional differences through separation. The dialect question 
is an interesting and good one. I had always taken the "Seoul" position at 
face value without questioning it. I know of one anthropologist who has 
done linguistic work in Korea but his name escapes me at the moment. If I 
can come up with it, I'll forward you the citation.  I also was taught that 
"standard" textbook Korean was the Seoul dialect. I believe it is mentioned 
in the text published by Yonsei University, I would have to double check 
that though.

Jason Parker

At 06:00 AM 8/8/00 +0000, you wrote:
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>   When I studied Korean (in the 1970s), one of my teachers claimed that 
> "textbook" Korean in the South was the Seoul dialect with some elements 
> of Kyongsang-do dialect added in, whereas in the North standard Korean 
> combined elements of Pyongan and Hamgyong dialects.  Does anyone know of 
> a study that could confirm this?
>   Also, I was discussing with a friend the regionalism in the south.  Did 
> that always exist in its current strength, or has it been, as I have 
> heard claimed, something that certain political leaders (perhaps from 
> both ruling and opposition parties) cultivated at the expense of unity?
>John Duggan
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