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Given the sort order of Korean characters, are they given numbers 1-x? If not, are there any contexts where these base characters are given numbers? I am specifically thinking about Gematria, but it doesn't have to be specifically for gematria but can be for mathematical purposes, or just purely for sorting purposes, mapping them to a sequence of integers.

Specifically only talking about these:

  • 자음(19자) ㄱ ㄲ ㄴ ㄷ ㄸ ㄹ ㅁ ㅂ ㅃ ㅅ ㅆ ㅇ ㅈ ㅉ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ
  • 모음(21자) ㅏ ㅐ ㅑ ㅒ ㅓ ㅔ ㅕ ㅖ ㅗ ㅘ ㅙ ㅚ ㅛ ㅜ ㅝ ㅞ ㅟ ㅠ ㅡ ㅢ ㅣ
  • 받침(27자) ㄱ ㄲ ㄳ ㄴ ㄵ ㄶ ㄷ ㄹ ㄺ ㄻ ㄼ ㄽ ㄾ ㄿ ㅀ ㅁ ㅂ ㅄ ㅅ ㅆ ㅇ ㅈ ㅊ ㅋ ㅌ ㅍ ㅎ

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Sometimes they use “가나다라마바사아자차카타파하/ㄱㄴㄷㄹㅁㅂㅅㅇㅈㅊㅋㅌㅍㅎ” for ordinals (for ordering purposes), just like how Latin’s “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ/abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz” is used, but the characters themselves don’t have numeral, arithmetic meanings.

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