Linguists 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.