[KS] Korean in North Korea

William B. McCloy wbmccloy at u.washington.edu
Sun Nov 24 16:32:28 EST 2013

Here is a link to a pdf of a master's dissertation done at the University of
British Columbia (and mentioned earlier on this list):

https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/28806?show=full   It discusses some of the
ways North Korea has expressly and purposely revised vocabulary (sometimes
making up new words) to, for example, replace obscure Sino-Korean
expressions with pure Korean ones.


Bill McCloy


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I had the recent pleasure of taking part in the translation (from Korean to
Japanese to English) of the lengthy interview of a female North Korean
defector. That interview, which consisted of 13 questions and answers, was
never-before published in English, or in South Korea for that matter. We are
currently attempting to have her interview published in South Korea and in


My translator informed me that the translation was not easy for a number of
reasons. First, places and geographic names have various spellings. And
second, how the Korean language is used in North Korea is not the same as
how it is used in South Korea.


If true, one explanation might be that while both North and South Korea were
under Japanese occupation-domination since the earth 20th Century, Russia
has been a strong influence on North Korea and the U.S. has been a strong
influence on South Korea since the end of WWII.


Would anyone like to comment on this, and cite specific examples?


Bill Streifer

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