The Korean writing system: An alphabet? A syllabary? a logography?
The Korean writing system, Hangul, is an “alphabetic syllabary” which employs many of the good and few of the bad features of an alphabet, a syllabary, and a logography. An alphabet can represent any word in the language, one phoneme at a time, but the phoneme-grapheme correspondence may be imperfect, and a single word may require a long array of letters. A syllable is a more stable unit of language than a phoneme, but a simple syllabary is practical only for a language with few different syllables. A logography, with a unique symbol for each morpheme, requires more complex and more numerous symbols. Korean text uses Hangul mixed with Chinese characters in a manner which aids reading.
KeywordsTarget Letter Chinese Character Test Word Rhyme Word Alphabetic System
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