Skip to main content
Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

William O’ Grady: What Makes Hangul Great?

March 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What Makes Hangul Great?
FedEx Global Education Center Room 4003 || Mar. 27 @ 5:00 p.m.

Hangul, the Korean script, is widely recognized as the world’s most remarkable writing system. It is indeed worthy of the admiration and acclaim that it has received, but surprisingly few people, including Koreans, understand how it really works or why linguists consider it to be an object of marvel. Contrary to popular belief, Hangeul does not directly represent a word’s pronunciation, and it is not particularly easy to master! However, it is a superb example of what linguists call a ‘deep orthography,’ whose goal is to capture the internal structure of words and their relationship to each other. Hangeul is perfectly suited to Korean and, once properly understood, it can be a valuable aid for learning the language’s phonology and vocabulary.

William O’Grady is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa


March 27, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
Chapel Hill, NC United States

The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

Comments are closed.