[KS] The Origins of the Korean Alphabet

King, Ross Ross.King at ubc.ca
Fri Aug 30 21:20:03 EDT 2013

I was not aware of this dissertation, and it seems to have escaped Gari Ledyard's attention in his 1966 Berkeley dissertation. It would certainly be interesting to see; Proquest does not have a pdf copy available for download. WorldCat lists a 4-page pamphlet by the same author titled "Korea must be free: historical sketch of Korean Independence Movement from March 1, 1919 to March 1, 1942."

Do any list members have any information about the author and his fate? I presume the hangul  version of his name is 정계원 but does anybody have the Chinese characters?

Proquest and WorldCat list the thesis as 1938; Kim Tkhia-khen (Kim T'ae-hyon) wrote his dissertation on 'Contemporary Korean writing' (with a section the history of the alphabet) in Russia one year later in 1939. 

Ross King
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From: Koreanstudies [koreanstudies-bounces at koreanstudies.com] on behalf of Bill Streifer [photografr7 at yahoo.com]
Sent: August-30-13 9:20 AM
To: koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com
Subject: [KS] The Origins of the Korean Alphabet

I've located 1937 Princeton University Ph.D. Thesis entitled "The Origins of the Korean Alphabet" by Chung Kei-won. In addition, I found a letter from the student to the Dean of the College and another letter to the Dean of the College concerning the student's application for a Ph.D. Is anyone aware of this thesis, and might it be worth republishing along with the above letters?

Thank you.

Bill Streifer

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