I am majoring in Korean language and now stuck with the word 한국어 어절.

While searching I found that 어절 is a combination of word and particle(조사) but so far it is not very clear.

Could anyone help to explain and give me some examples? or what is the equivalent English word?

I will be really thankful

  • 어절 is a combination of word and particle (조사) are you sure? See ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%EC%96%B4%EC%A0%88
    – dROOOze
    Mar 11, 2018 at 6:45
  • oh I just searched about that word in Korean so I think I was confused about the definition. Thank you for your help for the link :) Mar 11, 2018 at 7:09
  • There is no linguistic definition. Roughly, a 어절 is just a sequence of characters between two spaces. The governmental orthographic code defines rules for space insertion, though most native speakers don't really care all the details. See these for the code. 1 2 3 4
    – krim
    Mar 12, 2018 at 3:38
  • wow thats good information! thank you so much for your kindly explanation! I have some ideas now about that!:D Mar 13, 2018 at 13:16

1 Answer 1


(1) Almost case, 어절 is coincided to spacing words in a sentence.

For instance, the following sentence 아버지가 방에 들어 가신다 - a (Father enter the room) has four 어절.

(2) In above sentence, if we do wrong spacing words, then we may have 아버지 가방에 들어 가신다 - b

Note that this sentence is wrong, because we need a postpositional word 는 or 가 after 아버지.

That is, 아버지는 가방에 들어 가신다 or 아버지가 가방에 들어 가신다 (Father enter the bag) - c

Even though b is wrong sentence, b is heard like c. That is, spacing words is important.

(3) Another example : Korean did not admit spacing words, but nowadays we do.

As like b, we can catch different meaning :

서울시 체육회 Seoul city exercise

서울 시체 육회 Seoul corpse a dish of minced beef

  • Hello HK Lee Ssi, thank you so much for your clear explanation! I can understand your great examples. Therefore, if we talk about 한국어 어절 처리 it means we are going to learn about the meaning of the sentence that related to spacing ? Mar 13, 2018 at 13:59

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