This course will introduce students to the major areas of Korean, an SOV language with rich morphological structure. The course will discuss main characteristics of the sound system, including both segmental and supra-segmental aspects, and morpho-syntactic patterns and structure using theory-neutral description and analysis. Throughout the course, students will also be exposed to and have a chance to learn Hangul, the Korean alphabet, a writing system considerably easier to learn and comparatively a later invention in the history of the world’s writing system.
This course will discuss the relation between syntactic and prosodic structure of several typologically different languages, including English, French, Korean, and Japanese. Main topics include how prosodic structure in these languages reflects their syntactic structure in production and conversely, how it can also be employed to decode intended syntactic structure in comprehension.