Jejueo: Korea’s Other Language

photo of William O'GradyLin­guists are more and more com­ing to rec­og­nize that the tra­di­tion­al vari­ety of speech used on Jeju Island is sub­stan­tial­ly dif­fer­ent from stan­dard Kore­an and deserves to be treat­ed as a lan­guage in itself, not just a dialect. One of those work­ing on this issue is Prof. William O’Grady of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Depart­ment of Lin­guis­tics, a mem­ber of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty.

The Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures Talk Series will present a dis­cus­sion by O’Grady on recent research on the lan­guage of Jeju on Fri­day, April 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in Moore Hall Room 119.

O’Grady will describe research con­duct­ed with Dr. Changy­ong Yang of Jeju Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and Sejung Yang, a Ph.D. stu­dent in lin­guis­tics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i. Their work includes an intel­li­gi­bil­i­ty exper­i­ment sug­gest­ing that Kore­ans in Seoul, Busan, and Yeo­su are unable to under­stand Jejueo, thus lend­ing weight to the propo­si­tion that it deserves to be clas­si­fied as a sep­a­rate lan­guage. A sec­ond exper­i­ment assessed the pro­fi­cien­cy of younger speak­ers of Jejueo.

The talk is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact DongK­wan Kong (dongkwan@hawaii.edu) or L. Julie Jiang (lijiang@hawaii.edu).