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Discussing English Notation Standardization of Geographical Names: Focusing on Two Alternatives of English Notation Principles

  • Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association
  • Abbr : JKCA
  • 2010, 10(2), pp.41-58
  • Publisher : The Korean Cartographic Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography > Geography in general > Cartography

YOUNG HOON KIM 1 김순배 1

1한국교원대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

‘Basic Principles of Korean Romanization’ has proposed a guide of English spelling of Korean geographical names. However, the specification of the notation rules and criteria in the Korean Romanization system has not been properly established in details. This has brought various non-standardized rules and types of English characters and its notation has been used in variety of printing materials such as maps, atlas and other related documents. Thus, this paper aims to propose appropriate alternatives of English spelling standardization for which the current notation systems of Korean geographical names are examined. To obtain these aims, this paper at first articulates current complicated circumstances of the geographical naming spelling from world atlases and online map sites. Next, as a compromised approach, the principles and goals of English notation are discussed to deliver pronunciation (sound) and sense (meaning) of Korean geographical names. In turn, this paper investigates a combined spelling approach of sound-borrowing (音借) and meaning-borrowing (訓借) in geographical names, which are based on the changes of traditional character-loan spelling (借字表記). Lastly, this paper proposes two alternatives to the particular principles and specific criteria for English notation and plural place names in standardization of geographical names.

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