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What, if any, are the primary differences between Korean as spoken in the North and that spoken in the South?

I think the dialect tag is a good one to put here as it basically summarizes the idea of the differences here: enough to be like two separate dialects (simplifying, Korean has 9 dialects). To my ...
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두음법칙 - When did North and South diverge in pronunciation of initial ㄹ?

A series of phonological changes regarding word-initial /ㄴ/ and /ㄹ/ are known to have started around Seoul, and spreaded to other regions, as most sociolinguistic changes happen. The change was a very ...
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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

I'm not an expert on old Korean, but some of them look recognizable. 집 떠난 날 = day of departure from home 서울 떠난 날 = day of departure from Seoul 상해 착(着?) = arrive at Shanghai? 상해 발(發) = departure ...
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In which dialect are 애 and 에 pronounced differently?

I wonder in which dialect they are pronounced the same and in which differently. Older speakers in 서북 방언, 동북 방언, 육진 방언, and 제주 방언 distinguish them according to this paper. Location of dialects ...
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What is the difference between 설렁탕 and 설농탕?

설농탕 is a word used in past. grammatically 설렁탕 is correct. 설농탕 and 설렁탕 have the same meaning overall.
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What are brooding hens called in Korean?

It might be a stretch to say that Korean would have a term for hens that shares origins with 抱. 北燕朝鮮洌水之間 talks about a region roughly corresponding to modern day Liaodong, conquered from Gojeoson by ...
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기/지 in Yanbian dialect

This k-palatalisation (ㄱ 구개음화) is reportedly a huge part of the Hamgyeong dialect. However, one has to distinguish the Hamgyeong dialect group from the Yukchin/Yukjin/Ryukjin (육진 / 六鎭) dialects. They ...
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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

I can't decipher all of it, but the ㅅㄷ combination is an old way of writing the ㄸ character; so it would say "떠난 날". (I think it's 떠난 날, but with 아래 아, a dot under the consonant, an old ...
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What dialectal language can I expect in Jeju-do?

The phrase you might be most likely to hear is 혼저 옵서예, which is the 제주 equivalent of '어서 오세요'.
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Unusual hangeul syllables in 1920's handwritten Korean?

The original Hangul, called 훈민정음Hun-min-jung-eum, had more diverse combinations and few more characters compared to current usage, such as ㅴ, ㆋ, ㅿ, ㆍ,ㆆ. We believe that these allowed Hangul to express ...
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What, if any, are the primary differences between Korean as spoken in the North and that spoken in the South?

As a born and raised in South Korea. The difference between South and North are.. (imo) accent like British English and American English North Korea use try not to use words from other countries. ...
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What are some examples of contemporary uses of "arae-a" / 아래아?

We do not know how 아래 아 was pronounced when it was made, but yes, in Jeju dialect it is still used. And it is pronounced as [ɒ], or [어]. 아래아's one usage example is 한/글, a Korean word editor program. ...
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What does 엄칭히 mean?

I'm korean student in high school:), thank you for your attention to Korean. not 엄칭히, it is 엄청. There are various expression '엄청'. Because local speaking is very deveoloped in Korean. we called that ...
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Do Jeju vowels preserve medieval Korean vowels?

It depends somewhat on what you mean by "preservation". But yes, it is well-preserved. In its most basic form, /ɒ/ ㆍ is distinct from other vowel phonemes in Jeju, whereas in the central ...
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Confusing use of quotations (among other things)

I think, in this context, 그렇게 and 이렇게 doesn't make much difference. For example, let's consider this fragment (changed the last word to make it easier to explain): "어디 가는가?" 그렇게 말하는 [것] = ...
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Vowel for Yanbian Dialect

The merge of ㅗ and ㅓ, and ㅡ and ㅜ has been been completed yet. They are getting similar but still distinguishable. For example, the pronunciation of '정은' in Hamgyeong and Yanbian dialect may sound ...
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What does 엄칭히 mean?

'Very' is a good translation. As you said, I couldn't find it in a Korean-English dictionary, but it is in a Korean dictionary. 엄청이 is Chungcheong dialect for 엄청. As a side note, I would recommend ...

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