[lg policy] bibitem: South Korea: language policy and planning in the making

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Tue Mar 6 15:44:11 UTC 2012

Current Issues in Language Planning
Volume 13, Issue 1, 2012
South Korea: language policy and planning in the making

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Jae Jung Songa*

pages 1-68
Available online: 28 Feb 2012


This monograph discusses South Korea?s language situation in a
language policy and planning context. This monograph consists of four
parts. Part 1 presents a genetic, typological and sociolinguistic
description of South Korea?s national language, and an overview of
minority languages, including English as well as other languages,
recently transported into the country by migrant workers and foreign
brides. Also included is information on the native writing system
called Hankul. Part 2 focuses on language spread and maintenance
through the national education system and other means. Part 3 concerns
the major issues in South Korea?s language planning and policy,
including orthographic reforms, lexical purification, the use and
teaching of Chinese characters, digitization of Korean, and
?linguistic reunification? of North and South Korea. The final part of
the monograph explores future prospects of South Korea?s language
policy, some of the major issues being the ?linguistic reunification?
of North and South Korea, the status and role of English and Chinese,
and emergent multilingualism. The monograph also contains some
thoughts on how language planning and policy might need to develop in
the future, especially with respect to issues that do not directly
concern the national language, e.g. emergent multilingualism.

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