[KS] The Origins of the Korean Alphabet

JW KIM kjwn at snu.ac.kr
Fri Aug 30 22:38:34 EDT 2013

Dear List members,

I also didn't know about that.
But I found the microfilm of the Ph. D. article is at Ewha Univ. library.
The origins of the Korean alphabet

http://www.riss.kr/link?id=T8332865 복사
저자 : Chung, Kei Won
형태사항 : 1 reel (130 p.) .
일반주기 :
Includes bibliographical references.
학위논문사항 : Thesis (박사) - Princeton University
발행국 : New Jersey
언어 : 영어
출판년 : 1938
소장기관 : 이화여자대학교 도서관

I'll try to copy that book and let you know the contents.


Kim Juwon

Dept. of Linguistics,
Seoul National University

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From: King, Ross
Sent: Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:20 AM
To: Bill Streifer ; Korean Studies Discussion List
Subject: Re: [KS] The Origins of the Korean Alphabet

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
Professor of Korean and Head of Department
Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
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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 

Thank you.

Bill Streifer 

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