Understanding Korea materials - Hangeul: 1. Korean Language and Hangeul in East Asia
Hangeul: 1. Korean Language and Hangeul in East Asia
1. Korean Language and Hangeul in East Asia
There are three countries in East Asia: Korea (South Korea and North Korea), China and Japan. Historically, these three neighboring countries have maintained an extremely close relationship, and that intimacy extends to the present, encompassing politics, economics and culture.
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Comparing language characteristics,3 Korean is similar to Japanese but considerably different from Chinese. From a morphological point of view, these languages are categorized as follows: Korean and Japanese are agglutinative languages, since most of the words are created by combining morphemes, whereas Chinese is an isolating language, in which each word is composed of a single morpheme.