LINGUIST List 32.3186

Sun Oct 10 2021

Books: The Korean Language in Kazakhstan: Barnes-Sadler (tr.), Pak

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Date: 08-Oct-2021
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Subject: The Korean Language in Kazakhstan: Barnes-Sadler (tr.), Pak
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Title: The Korean Language in Kazakhstan
Subtitle: Problems and Perspectives
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics 94
Published: 2021
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

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Author: Nelly Pak
Translator: Simon Barnes-Sadler
Hardback: ISBN: 9783969390658 Pages: 240 Price: Europe EURO 148

This book examines the synchronic characteristics of an endangered, transplanted variety of Korean spoken in Central Asia – Yukchin Dialect (YD) – as well as the (socio)linguistic factors conditioning the development of both this variety and Kore Mar (KM) – a koine variety of Korean which formed in Central Asia with YD as one of its input varieties. It consists of three sections.

The first introduces the phenomena of language endangerment and contact to provide context for the extensive description of YD which appears in the second. This draws upon a rich collection of primary linguistic data elicited from native-speaker consultants, covering phonetics, phonology, morphology, and vocabulary. Throughout, YD’s features are contrasted with those of Contemporary Standard South Korean. The third section examines the historical-linguistic and sociolinguistic processes which have led YD to its current disposition. It encompasses an examination of the role of YD in the formation of the KM and concludes by suggesting practical methods for revitalising Korean in Central Asia.

This translation presents not only the unique perspective of a native-speaker researcher to Koreanists, but also introduces concepts from the broader Russophone tradition of sociolinguistics to an English-speaking audience.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Korean (kor)

Written In: English (eng)

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