[KS] Long vs short vowels in verb and adjective conjugations

Ross King jrpking at interchange.ubc.ca
Fri Sep 21 02:15:00 EDT 2007

Hi Stefan: 

You sort of answer your own question, but the easiest way to do it this: 

vowel length is only distinctive in standard Korean in first syllables. 

So once a form that otherwise has a long vowel in first-syllable position gets pushed out of that first-syllable slot, bye-bye vowel length. 


Ross King
Professor of Korean, University of British Columbia
Dean, Korean Language Village, Concordia Language Villages

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