[KS] RR romanization rules and conventions

Charles La Shure clashure at gmail.com
Tue Jul 2 05:16:23 EDT 2013

I know there was a forum that addressed this issue in 2009, and as a result
a standardized table for the romanization of surnames was proposed. At the
following link you can download a PDF file that contains the proposal (as
well as discussions of it):


On page 11 of the proposal (page 17 of the file), there is a table with
proposed romanization of every surname imaginable. However, it does not
appear that this proposal was ever officially adopted. A question asked in
May of this year on the website of the National Institute of the Korean
Language (국립국어원) regarding the romanization of surnames basically received
the answer that people should follow the original RR rules...


Brother Anthony was a participant in the 2009 forum; hopefully he will be
able to shed some light on the fate of that proposal.

-C. La Shure

On Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Charles Muller <acmuller at l.u-tokyo.ac.jp>wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> I have noticed in recent articles published by first-tier Korean journals
> that use RR romanization, the usage of "Yi" to render 이 as a surname
> (rather than "I" as seems to be stipulated by the Korean government, e.g.
> http://www.korean.go.kr/eng/**roman/roman.jsp<http://www.korean.go.kr/eng/roman/roman.jsp>
> ).
> Having inquired to journal editors who have authorized this rendering, I
> have basically gotten a response to the effect that this is an exception to
> RR that is developing as a convention for surnames to avoid confusion.
> However, these responses so far have been based more or less on hearsay,
> and no one has been able to provide me with documentation.
> As the editor of an online dictionary that uses RR for romanizing Korean
> terms, I would like to see if I can reconcile the matter in as concrete a
> manner as possible, so any leads would be greatly appreciated.
> Regards,
> Chuck
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