[KS] North-South Standard Dialects, Regionalism

John Duggan duggan_john at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 8 02:00:57 EDT 2000

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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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