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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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Distinguish length of vowels?

Is the Modern Seoul dialect losing its length distinction? Yes, length contrast is being neutralised in Seoul Korean. This is something that has been happening for a while: According to Han (1964), ...
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Why is the initial consonant of the second syllable of 현장 not tensed (된소리)?

I hope someone else could write a more definite answer, but in short, your idea that "the second syllable becomes 된소리 when the first ends with a consonant" is generally wrong. The phenomenon of some ...
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Is there a name for the 시옷 in words like 오랫동안 and 어젯밤?

It's called 사이시옷, a way to express 사잇소리 phenomenon(which itself is written with 사이시옷, btw). 사잇소리 현상 happens very frequently, with or without 사이시옷. Here are some examples with 사이시옷: 나무 + 잎 = 나뭇잎 제사 +...
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Is there a name for the vowel change 아+이=애?

This is known as the monopthongisation of the diphthongs /aj/ and /əj/. In Korean, it may be known as 단모음화, but this is actually ambiguous with the more common phenomenon of vowel shortening, so is ...
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I am a native French speaker and I have enormous issue to pronounce ㅏ VS ㅓ

I think the vowel “ㅓ” doesn’t sound like the “a” in “a cat.” Because it doesn’t. “A cat” sounds [ə kæt] in American English. What you’re referring to would be either [ə]mid central vowel (schwa) or [...
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Why was 不 (etymon of 아) pronounced *An in Old Korean?

There's a misunderstanding here - 「不」 is not the etymon of 「아」. Please carefully notice the reconstruction notes; reproduced below with some additions for emphasis: The second character (冬) is a ...
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Are there factors other than VOT that distinguish the three types of Korean stops?

Here are some other acoustic differences. I don't know what articulatory differences are behind them: The vowel after a tense or aspirated consonant has higher pitch than the vowel after a plain ...
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Pronunciation difference between ᄉ and ᄊ

There are a combination of features between ㅅ and ㅆ that differentiate them. The biggest contributor to the difference is duration of aspiration following the frication: a longer aspiration ...
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Pronunciation difference between ᄉ and ᄊ

I am native Korean speaker but it is hard to explain the difference by written form. (yet I would say the main difference is you push air through teeth longer in ㅆ) I suggest you to check the videos ...
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What is 운소 in english?

운소 (also called 비분절음운) is called a "suprasegmental (phoneme)" in English.
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How can I find IPA charts that pairs each Modern Korean phoneme, with a common Korean word feat. that phoneme?

From https://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/%ED%95%9C%EA%B5%AD%EC%96%B4_%EC%9D%8C%EC%9A%B4%EB%A1%A0. The phonology of the standard Korean The 21 vowels The Korean vowel diagram The 10 short vowels ㅏ as in ...
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Is the ㅆ in 씌 palatalized or not?

In Standard Pronunciation(표준 발음법), 씌 is pronounced equivalently as [씨]. So it is palatalized in the same manner as 씨. I'm not sure why 외래어 표기법 confuses you there.
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