Korean dialects

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Korean
Native speakers
76 million  (2007)[1]
Koreanic
  • Korean
Dialects
Northwestern
Central
Jeolla (SW)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kor
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A number of Korean dialects are spoken in the Korean peninsula. The peninsula is extremely mountainous, and each dialect's "territory" corresponds closely to the natural boundaries between different geographical regions. Most of the dialects are named for one of Korea's traditional Eight Provinces.

The standard language[edit]

Regional dialects[edit]

Various words for "dragonfly" (Standard Korean 잠자리).

Korea is a mountainous country, and Korean is consequently divided into numerous small local dialects. There are few clear demarcations, so dialect classification is necessarily to some extent arbitrary. Nonetheless, the following divisions are commonly cited in the literature:

Outside of the Korean peninsula[edit]

Classification[edit]

Korean
Continental
Northeastern

Hamgyŏng



Ryukchin



Northwestern

P'yŏng'an


Central

Hwanghae



Gyeonggi



Yeongdong



Chungcheong



Southeastern

Gyeongsang


Southwestern

Jeolla



Insular

Jeju



See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e Lee & Ramsey, 2000. The Korean language
  3. ^ Janhunen, Juha, 1996. Manchuria: an ethnic history