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ASIAN 498: Special Topics

Korean Lexicon

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:00pm - 4:50pm
DEN 302

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“How do you say milk in Korean?”                               “mil.ku”

“ No, no. That’s from English. How about in KOREAN?”              “umm.. U.yu.”

“Ahmm. Isn’t that from Chinese? Don’t you have a Korean Korean word?”

Like any language, Korean has native words, in addition to words borrowed from other languages.  These words form what we call lexical layers or strata, and this class is about the NATIVE “Han” stratum — Korean Korean words.  What types of words are there in this stratum? How did they come to be?  The focus of the class is on the core vocabulary and  its semantic extensions (e.g. how their meanings stretch, shrink, strengthen, or seemingly change completely).  For example,  kkUl- means ‘to pull’, but it also means ‘to drive’, and ‘to attract.’  mil- means ‘to push’, and it means ‘to put off’ with a syllable extension milU-.

Come and explore this interesting phenomenon and  build your vocabulary power to da max! With time allowing, we will examine the Sino-Korean and onomatopoeic strata as well.

Students will be evaluated based on  projects,  a term paper, homework, and quizzes.

Lecture Medium: English and Korean

Targeted Students: The course is intended for Korean majors and minors, but others studying Korean or interested in Korean language and linguistics are welcome.

Prerequisites: Second-year Korean, which may be taken concurrantly.

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Catalog Description: 
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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Last updated: 
November 26, 2014 - 2:10am