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On the Regulation for Pronunciation of Loanwords in Korean

Eunkyoung-Lee 1

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On the Regulation for Pronunciation of Loanwords in KoreanYi, Eun-gyeongThe purpose of this paper is to investigate how to decide pronunciation ofloanwords in Korean language. There has not been a regulation for pronunciationof loanwords in Korean language. Even the dictionary published by the governmentdoes not provide any information about the pronunciation of loanwords. In thispaper, some actual solutions are suggested for the pronunciation of loanwords. Korean language has Regulations of Standard Korean, Korean Orthography,Regulations on Hangeul Transcriptions on Loanwords and Pronunciation Methodsof Standard Korean. These language standards could help to decide pronunciationof loanwords. Some pronunciations which could not be regulated by them mustbe presented in the standard pronunciation dictionary. For example, glottalizationrule of 's' in many loanwords could be presented in the description of each loanwordin the dictionary. However the pronunciation of loanwords must be similar tothe spelling. If various pronunciations are allowed to one spelling, then peoplewill be so confused by the discrepancy between pronunciation and spelling ofloanwords.

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