STUDIES IN THE PHONOLOGY OF ASIAN LANGUAGES. II. DURATION OF KOREAN VOWELS.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES
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The aim of the study is to describe a part of the phonological rules of Korean. Limiting itself to one of the features, i.e. the duration of vowels, an attempt is made to establish phonetic habits that control actual vowel length in Korean. If the feature of vowel duration is a distinctive feature in the language each actual occurrence of a vowel must be interpreted as being either short or long. Then, our knowledge of how each vowel changes its length according to its environment is important in order to determine whether or not a given vowel should be analysed as short or long in a given environment. The sample analysis presented dealing with complex acoustical data may be regarded as a possible analytical procedure in descriptive linguistics.