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Comparison of Japanese and Korean

The geographically close Japanese and Korean languages share considerable similarity in typological features of their syntax and morphology while having a small number of lexical resemblances and different native scripts, although a common denominator is the presence of Chinese characters, where kanji are part of Japanese orthography, while hanja were historically used to write Korean (marginally for limited academic, legal, media, stylistic and disambiguation purposes in South Korea today, while eliminated in North Korea). Observing the said similarities and probable history of Korean influence on Japanese culture, linguists have formulated different theories proposing a genetic relationship between them,[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8] though these studies either lack conclusive evidence or were subsets of theories that have largely been discredited (like versions of the well-known Altaic hypothesis that mainly attempted to group the Turkic, Mongolian and Tungusic languages together).[9][10][11][12]

Map of Koreanic (left) and Japonic (right) dialects.

More recently, however, there has been new research which has revived the possibility of a genetic link, such as the Transeurasian hypothesis by Robbeets et al, supported by computational linguistics and archeological evidence,[13] as well as recent genetic studies revealing modern Koreans and Japanese share as much as a 90 percent overlap in ancestry, which is difficult to reconcile with the hypothesis the two populations had divergent origins.[14]

The topic of similarity between the two languages can be politically controversial due to the historical relationship between Japan and Korea, particularly the language policy of Japanese-ruled Korea. Any relation between the two languages remains controversial.

OverviewEdit

Korean Japanese
Speakers 77.2 million 125 million
Countries   South Korea
  North Korea
  China
  Japan
Family Koreanic Japonic
Writing Hangul,
Hanja (South Korea)
Kanji,
Kana

GrammarEdit

Korean and Japanese both have an agglutinative morphology in which verbs may function as prefixes[15] and a subject–object–verb (SOV) typology.[16][17][18] They are both topic-prominent, null-subject languages. Both languages extensively utilize turning nouns into verbs via the "to do" helper verbs (Japanese suru する; Korean hada 하다).

Modern Korean and Japanese share a similar system of proximal and distal demonstrative pronouns: i- (이), ku- (그) and jeo- (저) for Korean corresponding to the Japanese ko- (こ), so- (そ) and a- (あ) ("this", "that" and "that over there"). They both lack a compulsory distinction of plurality (for example "an apple" vs "apples" is usually not specifically distinguished).

Korean and Japanese also share the particle system. Korean and the Japonic languages are among the few extant languages in the world with topic markers. This allows words of different parts of speech to be placed in exactly the same order if some sentences are translated from one language to another. Such direct word for word swapping cannot be so easily done with any other languages, showing that Korean and Japanese are grammatically quite similar.

However, there are also many differences. One of the most significant grammatical differences between Japanese and Korean is the way of forming attributive verbs. Japanese doesn't have separate verb forms for attributive verbs, simply putting a predicative verb before a noun turns the verb into attributive. However, Korean uses distinct conjugations for making attributive verbs in three tenses. That means verb forms are more varied in Korean and word order is more flexible in Korean than it is in Japanese, since more verb forms give more grammatical hints. Old Japanese has distinct attributive verb forms as in Korean, but modern Japanese (except for the Hachijō language) has lost this feature, and displays a newly developed analytic tendency that is not observed in Korean.

Another notable difference is the use of the future tense. Japanese is considered to have two tenses; past and non-past, whereas Korean is considered to have three tenses; past, present and future. Korean uses distinct verb forms (-겠- , -ㄹ/-을, -리-) for the future tense, whereas Japanese uses the non-past (present) tense for future events, often with additional words (つもり、はず) and moods (〜だろう、〜でしょう). Note that not all linguists agree with the idea that Korean has three tenses. Some linguists argue that Korean has two tenses (past, present) or four tenses (greater past, past, present, future), and some even argue that Korean has no tense at all but only aspects. The three tenses theory is generally accepted but still remains controversial.

The Japanese perfective (〜て/〜でいる) has two meanings when the stem is an intransitive verb, and it depends on the context; the present perfect (e.g. 座っている; have sat down) or the present progressive (e.g. 走っている; be running). However, Korean uses two separate particles (-어/-아, -어서/-아서) and (-고) for (〜て/〜で) so they are morphologically different (e.g. 앉 있다; have sat down, 앉 있다; be sitting down). Some older dialects of Japanese had this distinction, and the Tosa dialect still makes clear distinction between the two meanings.

The Japanese predicative copula (〜だ、〜です) is used for both nouns (e.g. これは本だ; This is a book) and adjectives (e.g. これは有名だ; This is famous), with an exception to the い-adjectives which don't take the (〜だ) copula. In Korean, however, nouns and adjectives never share the same copula. The Korean copula (-이다/-다, -입니다, -이야/-야, -이에요/-예요) is only used for nouns (e.g. 이것은 책이다; This is a book) and some adverbs. Instead, the Korean 하다-adjectives — which are equivalent to the Japanese な-adjectives — share the same copula (-하다, -합니다, -해, -해요) with verbs (e.g. 이것은 유명하다; This is famous), with an exception to (-하다) which takes a different form (-한다) for verbs. In contrast, verbs and adjectives never share the same copula in Japanese. The equivalent Japanese copula (〜する、〜します) is usually used for verbs (with exceptions like つるつるする). It's controversial among grammarians whether to consider "な-adjectives" like 有名 as adjectives at all, with many considering them nouns or quasi-adjectives.

Japanese uses two words (いる) and (ある) for (있다) in Korean. In the past, Japanese also only used one word. This is preserved in the Hachijō language. Korean uses two words (없다) and (않다) for (ない) in Japanese. Japanese often uses similar words (なに/なん/なんの) to include what would be either 'what' or 'how many' in English without specific distinction (the context of being next to a counter word makes the meaning clear), while Korean has an extra word specifically used with counter words to express "how many" (무엇/뭐/무슨; 몇).

The two languages are also quite different in regards to the grammatical cases. The Japanese genitive marker no (の) is regularly used between nouns but the Korean genitive marker ui (의) is often omitted otherwise it's considered unnatural. Another notable difference is the vocative case commonly used in Korean. Japanese also has similar particles (〜よ、〜や) working like the vocative case in Korean but the usage is very limited.

In both languages, passive and causative verbs have important roles. The rules for forming passive and causative verbs are more regular and logical in Japanese. In Korean, passive and causative verbs do have some predictable patterns, but without enough consistency to make some rules about it. It is comparable to the past participles in English. The past participles in English do have some predictable patterns such as '-ed' (e.g. walked, worked), '-en' (e.g. eaten, gotten), but the consistency is not enough to make a rule about it. Korean has about nine possible patterns for passive verbs and ten possible patterns for causative verbs, but without a certain consistency.

VocabularyEdit

The two languages have previously been thought to not share any cognates (other than loanwords),[4] for their vocabularies do not phonetically resemble each other. However, a 2016 paper proposing a common lineage between Korean and Japanese traces around 500 core words thought to share a common origin.[19] Most resembling lexicon in the study has been observed between Middle Korean (15th century) and earlier Old Japanese (8th century), some of which is shown in the following table:

Keyword Middle Korean Old Japanese Proposed
Proto-Japanese-Korean
abandons stú
("scoops it out, removes a part from the whole")
sute
("abandons it, throws it away")
*sɨtu
("abandons it, throws it out")
adds kwop
("doubles, increases it two-fold")
kupape
("adds it")
*kop
("increases it in number by adding")
(adjectivizer) k
("adjectivizing suffix on nominals")
ka
("property suffix on nominals")
*k
("adjectivizing suffix on nominals")
+ *a
("deverbal")
avoids skúy
("shuns, avoids; is unwilling")
sake
("avoids, dodges")
*səka
("avoids")
bamboo táy
("bamboo")
?< *taGVy
takey
("bamboo")
*takəj
basket kwulek
("[mesh] basket")
kwo
("basket")
*kura / *kuwa
("basket")
bear kwom
("bear")
< Proto-Korean *komá
kuma
("bear")
*koma
("bear")
below aláy
("below")
aye
("falls to the ground")
*ar
("below")
bestows kwomá
("reverence"),
kwómáw
("honored, thankful")
kubar / kumar
("apportions and bestows")
*kuma
("bestows")
bird say
("bird")
sagi
("heron; suffix in bird names")
*saŋi
("bird")
bites kemelí
("leech"),
kam-spol
("licks it up, sucks up food")
kam
("bites")
*kamɨ
("bites")
body mwóm
("body")

< Old Korean *muma

mu/ mwi
("body")
*mom
("body")
boils it nóy
("smoke, vapor")
ni
("boils it")
*nəj
("boils it")
bottom stáh
("ground")
sita
("below, bottom")
*sita
("bottom")
box pakwoní
("basket")
pakwo
("box")
*pako
("box")
brings into life wum
("a sprout, a shoot, a growth")
um
("gives birth to, brings into life")
*um
("brings into life")
bundles mwusk
("binds it into a bundle")
musub
("binds it into a bundle")
*musu
("binds, bundles it")
buries it wumúl
("well"),
wúmh
("grain pit dug out of the ground"),
wumwuk-ho
("is hollow")
ume
("buries it in the ground")
*umu
("buries it in the ground")
cage wulí
("cage")
wori
("cage")
*orɨj
("cage")
carbon swusk
("charcoal")
susu
("soot")
*susu
("soot; carbon")
carries on back ep
("bears, carries on the back")
op
("bears on the back")
*əp
("carries on back")
carves a line kuzu
("draws a line, rules")
kizam
("carves"),
kisage
("shaves stone")
*kinsɨ
("carves, cuts a line")
cat kwoy
("cat")
nekwo
("cat")
*ko
("cat")
ceremony kwús
("exorcism, shamanistic ceremony")
kusi
("is strange, mysterious, otherwordly")
*kusuj
("shamanistic ceremony")
changes kaph
("returns it, pays it back")
kap
("buys it"),
kape
("exchanges, changes it"),
kapar
("it changes")
*kap
("it changes, changes hands")
cheek pwól
("cheek")
popo < *po-po
("cheek")
*por
("cheek")
chicken tolk
("chicken")
tori
("bird, chicken")
*tərəŋ
("chicken")
closes it tat
("closes it")
tat
("interrupts, cuts off, finishes it")
*tat
("closes it")
cloth swowom
("cotton")
swo
("clothing; cloth; hemp")
*so
("cloth")
cloudy skí
("gets dusty, cloudy")
sike
("sky gets cloudy")
*siki
("gets cloudy")
collects kat
("collects it, gathers it in")
kate
("joins it, mixes it, adds it in")
*kat
("collects")
comes
("goes")
ko
("comes")
*
("comes")
confines kalm
("hides it, puts it away, keeps it, treasures it")
karame
("arrests it, catches and confines it")
*karama
("confines it")
congeals kel
("thickens, congeals; is rich, thick")
kor
("it thickens, congeals")
*kərɨ
("it thickens, congeals")
correct mac
("is correct"),
maskaw
("is correct")
masa
("correct, upright")
*masa
("correct, upright")
countryside wúy ánh
("countryside")
wi naka
("countryside")
*uj
("countryside") + inside
daytime nác
("daytime; afternoon")

< Early Middle Korean *nacay

natu
("summer")
*nacu
("daytime")
deep inside swop / swok
("deep inside")
?< *swowók
oku
("deep inside, interior")
*owoku
("deep inside")
dissolves / lonely súl
("disappears, dissolves, rusts"),
sulgwú
("makes it dissolve, rusts"),
sulphu
("is sad"),
sulh
("is sad")
sabwi
("rusts"),
sabu, EMJ sabi
("is sad, lonely")
*sɨr
("dissolves; sad, lonely")
drags kuzu
("drags, draws, pulls")
kozi
("pulls out by the roots")
*kɨnsɨ
("drags out")
drawn in pemúli
("gets drawn in"),
pemúl
("surrounds, encircles"),
pemúl
("intrudes in")
pame
("throws it in, drops it in")
*pamɨ
("it gets drawn in")
drops twú
("keeps, leaves it as is, places it down")
otos
("drops it"),
oti
("it drops down"),
otor
("is low")
*ɨtɨ
("drops, puts down")
each mata
("each one, every")
mata
("again; every"),
mata-si
("all, complete")
*mata
("each, every")
edge pask
("outside")
pasi
("outside edge")
*pasi
("edge")
empties sku, pskú
("puts it out, turns off, extinguishes, quenches it")
suk
("empties, is empty")
*sukɨ
("empties")
end patáng, modern korean patak
("sole, bottom")
pate
("limit, end"),
patas
("makes it an end")
*pataŋ
("end")
enfolds mek
("eats, holds in the mouth; harbors, takes in, has inside")
mak
("enfolds, rolls up, encircles")
*mek or *mak
("enfolds")
et cetera (i)yá / (i)yé
("whether, or")
ya
("also, and the like")
*ja
("whether; et cetera")
evergreen swól
("pine")
sugwi
("cryptomeria [japanese cedar]")
*suŋor
("evergreen")
exchanges kaph
("repays")
kaps
("price")
< *kap
("exchanges")
kap
("buys")
*kap
("exchanges")
exhausts cwuk
("dies")
tukwi
("is exhausted, used up") tukus
("exhausts it, uses it up")
*cuk
("is exhausted")
+ Proto-Japanese *wo
("active marker")
expresses emotion noch
("face, expression")
natuk
("expresses emotion; is fond of")
*nəcuk
("expresses emotion")
extremity kiph
("is deep")
kipa
("extremity")
*kipa
("depth, extremity")
faces mwok
("neck")
muk
("turn one"s head, faces")
*mok
("faces")
faint kaskaw
("is close to"),
kezúy
("almost")
kasu-ka
("faint"),
kasu
("barely")
*kasu
("faint")
farm field path
("farm field")
pata, patake
("farm field")
*pata
("farm field")
fat pwutúlew
("soft"),
modern korean pwutwung
("chubby")
putwo
("fat")
*puto
("fat")
ferments sek
("rots, ferments")
saka / sakey
("alcohol, rice wine")
*sek
("ripens, grows [rotten]")
fills tam
("fills it up")
tamar
("it fills up"),
tame
("fills it")
*tama
("fills it")
fire púl
("fire")
pwi / po
("fire")
*pɨr
("fire")
flattens it tatóm
("smooths cloth, trims it, rubs it together"),
modern korean tatumicil
("beating cloth out to smooth it")
tatam
("folds it up, layers it"),
tatami
("mat, flattened thing")
*tatəm
("folds, flattens it"),
tatəm-i
("flattening")
fork motoy
("joint, knuckle")
mata
("fork, bend; crotch")
*mataj or *mətaj
("fork, bend")
full michu / micho
("reaches it")
mit
("gets full, reaches its limit")
*mica
("reaches, gets full")
gathers a crowd múli / mwuli / mwúl
("crowd")
mure
("gathers a crowd")
*mur(u)
("gathers a crowd")
gets et
("gets it")
atar
("gets it")
*atɨ
("gets it")
goes out
("goes out; is born")
nar
("becomes")
*na
("goes out")
grabs az
("grabs it")
asar
("scavenges it")
*asa
("grabs it")
harbors phwúm
("embraces, harbors")
pukum
("harbor, comprise, contain")
*pukum
("embraces, harbors")
hatchet nát
("sickle, scythe")
nata
("machete; small, thick bladed instrument")
*natə
("bladed instrument for chopping plants")
heart kwokoyyang
("heart or core of vegetable, pith"),
kwokáy
("head")
kokoro
("seat of feeling / thought; emotion")
*kəkərə
("the heart, core, essence")
heats with fire tahí
("makes a fire, heats with fire")
tak
("heats with fire")
*taka
("heats with fire")
high talak
("loft, attic")
take / taka
("height")
*takar
("height")
holds motó, moti
("is long-lasting, is durable; keeps things")
mot
("holds")
*mətə
("holds")
hot tew
("hot") tos / toso / tusu
("hot"),
tusi
("warmly")
atu-si
("hot")
*ətu
("hot")
husk kephí
("husk, bark")
kabi
("husk")
*kaŋpiri
("husk")
imposes sikhó
("orders, commands"),
sikpu
("wants [to do]")
sik
("imposes, lays out, takes a position, commands")
*sik
("makes, imposes")
indeed kús
("certainly, without fail")
koso
("indeed, verily, without fail")
*kɨsə
("indeed")
= *
("this")
+ *
("that, that thing")
inserts pak
("inserts it, fills it")
pak
("puts on, slips on [lower body clothing, footwear])"
*pak
("puts it through")
(interrogative)
(interrogative suffix for yes/no questions)
ka (interrogative suffix (kmp); distal demonstrative) *ka
("that [distal]"; interrogative suffix problematizing an identification)
island syem
("island")
sima
("island"),
sime
("closes it off")
*sima
("enclosed area; island")
jar twok
("jar, pot")
tuki
("cup, saucer [for alcohol]")
*toki
("jar")
just tamón / tamóyn
("only, just")
damwi
("just, about")
*tam
("just")
late nuc
("is late")
noti
("later, afterwards")
*nɨc
("is late")
loves kwoy
("is loved")
kwopwi
("loves")
*kopo
("loves it")
lurks swúm
("hides, lurks in (of animals)")
sum
("lives, resides in")
*sum
("lurks, resides")
magpie kachí
("magpie")
kasa-sagi
("magpie")
*kacɨ
("magpie"),
+ *saŋi
("bird")
meshes elk
("binds, ties up, meshes together"),
modern korean wolk
("weaves together")
or
("weaves")
*ər
("ties with string, rope, meshes")
mold kwomphwúy
("mildew, mold grows")
kabwi
("mildew, mold")
*kənpom
mother émí / émanim
("mother")
omo
("mother")
*əmə
("mother")
mows kal
("plows it, cultivates it")
kar
("mows, harvests it")
*kara
("mows it")
much manhó
("is many") man
("only, just")
mane-si, (s)amane-si
("many times, many")
*mana
("much")
+ *i
("be")
now imúy, imuysye
("already")
ima
("now")
*imaj / *ima
("being interval; now")
odor kwusu
("is pleasantly odorous")
kusa-si
("is smelly")
*kusa
("odor")
only spwun
("only, just")
sapey
("if only, just")
*sapɨn
("only, just")
opens akwoy
("hole, place where things come open or come apart")
ak
("it opens up")
*ak
("it opens")
picks up tul
("holds up, raises")
tor
("picks up")
*tɨr
("picks up")
pigeon pitwulí, pitwulki
("pigeon")
patwo
("pigeon")
*pato
("pigeon")
place tóy
("place")
te
("place [suffix]")
*təj
("place [suffix]")
prepares water kóm
("bathes (a bath)")
kum
("draws water")
*kɨmo
("draws, prepares water")
proceeds pek
("is next, is after")
poka
("other, besides")
*pək
("comes after"),
*pəka
("that which has come after")
rain *mah
("east-asian rainy season, rain")
ama / ame
("rain")
*əmaŋ
("rain")
raptor may
("eagle; suffix in bird names")
mey
("suffix in bird names")
*mari
("predatory bird; suffix in bird names")
rubs moncí, moní
("strokes, touches it")
mom
("kneads, rubs")
*məm
("touches, rubs")
same kóthó, kót, kotho
("is similar, same")
(no) goto si
("is similar, same")
*kətə
("same")
sea patáh
("sea")
wata
("sea")
*wat-a
("that which has been crossed; sea")
seaweed(1) mól
("seaweed")
mo, mey
("seaweed")
*mər
("seaweed")
section kic
("a divided share")
kida / kita
("counter for cuts, sections; measurement of fabric and plots of land")
*kinca
("a cut, section")
sent out pwonáy
("releases, sends it")
panas / panat
("releases it")
*pə-na
("see + go out")
sets it down swuy
("it rests")
suwe
("sets it, sets it down")
*suwu
("sets it down")
shape kací
("kind, sort, variety")
kata
("shape, form")
*kacaj / kaca
("shape")
shines pozóy
("is shiny, is dazzled")
posi
("star")
*pəsə
("shines")
shuts in kóm
("shuts [the eyes], closes [the eyes]")
komor
("is shut inside")
*kəmə
("shuts it in)
sidelines yehúy / yehoy
("be separated from (a loved one)")
yoke
("avoids it, averts it")
*jəkə-i
("sidelines; is aside")
(simple past tense) ke
("perfective verb marker")
ki
("simple past marker")
*
("past tense verb marker"),
< *
("comes")
situation pa
("place, situation, condition")
pa (conditional verb suffix; nominal topic/focus marker) *pa
("place; situation")
skewers kwoc
("skewers, stabs it") kwoc
("skewer")
kusi
("skewer")
*koc
("skewers it"),
*koc-i
("a skewer")
skin kaphól
("sheath"),
kepcil
("bark")
kapa
("skin")
*kapa
("skin")
small bamboo sasól
("bamboo branch, stick for drawing lots")
sasa
("bamboo grass, small bamboo")
*sasa
("small bamboo")
small piece cwokak
("piece, shard")
sukwo-si
("little bit")
*cok
("is a small piece")
snake póyyám / póyam
("snake")
peymi
("snake")
*pəjami
("snake")
soaks through súmúy
("permeates it, soaks through it")
some
("dyes it")
*sɨmɨ
("it soaks through")
sour soy, swuy
("turns sour")
suyur
("turns sour")
*sɨju
("turns sour")
speaks íp
("mouth")
ip
("says")
*ip
("speaks")
spider kemúy
("spider")
kumo
("spider")
*komo
("spider")
splits it kask
("trims, cuts it")
sak
("splits it")
*sak
("splits it by cutting")
stale kwut
("is hard")
kutar
("gets old, stale, rotten")
*kut
("gets stale, hard")
suits for use psú
("uses it")
pusap
("suits, is suitable")
*pusa
("uses it; suits it for use")
sun hóy
("sun; year")
ka / key
("day"),
koyomi
("calendar")
*xəj
("sun")
swamp nwup
("swamp, bog")
numa
("swamp, bog")
*nu
("swamp, wet")
swells pulu / pull
("gets full, (stomach) swells")
puye
("increases, swells", puyas
("makes it increase")
*purɨr
("swells")
takes in tothwó
("fights"),
thi
("strikes"),
tho
("takes in, receives")
tatak ("strikes"),
tatakap
("fights")
*takə
("takes in, receives"),
*ta(r)takə
("strikes")
that (mesial) so
("the fact, the thing"; complementizer)
so
("that [mesial]")
*
("that [mesial]"; complementizer))
this ku
("that (mesial)")
ko
("this (proximal)")
*
("this (proximal)")
time period woláy
("long time")
wori
("period of time, time")
*orɨj ("period of time")
time when cek, cey
("time when")
toki
("time when")
*ceki
("time when")
together tamós
("together")
tomo
("together; companion")
*təmə ("together")
+ pk *s
("substantive")
uproar sa(g)wónaw
("is rough, wild, fierce")
sawak
("is noisy, bustling"),
sawa'-sawa
("noisy")
*sawə
("uproarious")
vacant pwuy
("is empty")
pima
("open, spare time")
*pi
("vacant")
valued pum
("matters, bears a connection to")
pome
("praises it")
*pɨm
("is valued")
walks ke:t- ("walks") kati
("walking")
*katu
("walks")
wasp pátólí
("yellowjacket")
pati
("bee")
*pator
("wasp")
waterlogged mol
("soaks it in liquid")
mor
("leaks"),
mor
("fills up")
*mər
("gets filled with water, water-logged")
wears kís
("lapel, collar; outer layer of cloth")
ki
("wears on the body")
*ki
("wears on the body")
weaves pcó
("weaves together")
pata
("loom; woven cloth")
*pəca
("weaves")
wet highland swúp, swuphúl, swúh
("forest")
sapa ("swamp, mountain, marsh, glen") *sɨpa
("wet highland")
what musúk
("what") musu
("what, which [prenoun])")
< *musuk
mosi
("perchance"; adverb introducing polar interrogatives)
*mɨsɨŋ
("which")
whether na
("whether, or, although")
na
("whether or, both, and")
*na
("whether")
wild field nwón
("wet field")
nwo
("wild field, plain")
*non or *no
("wild field")
wishes pólá-
("wishes it")
por-
("wishes it")
*pə-ara-
("wishes it")
woman myenól, myenólí, myenúlí
("daughterinlaw")
mye
("woman, wife")
< Proto-Japanese *me
*me
("woman")
wood kuluh
("tree stump")
kwi
("tree, wood") < *kəj
*kɨr
("wood")
word kolochí
("instructs, teaches"),
kol
("words, speaking"),
ilkhot/l
("calls out")
koto
("word; thing"),
katar
("tells")
*kətə
("word; thing [non-concrete]")
wraps cwúm, cwumekwúy
("fist")
tum
("grasps, wraps")
*cum
("wraps, grasps in hand")

Although fewer in number, there have been also comparisons between stages other than Old Japanese and Middle Korean:

Keyword Koreanic Japonic Proposed
Proto-Japanese-Korean
(negative) aní
(verbal negative; negative copula)
PJ *an
(verbal negative)
*an
(negative)
deep NK phwuk
("deeply, fully")
OJ puka si
("is deep")
*puka
("deep")
numb ENK kwop
("is numb, stiff from cold")
OJ kopor
("freezes")
*kəpə
("is numb")
slope ENK swok
("droops, becomes slanted down")
OJ saka
("down slope")
*səka
("slope")
soaks ENK chwuk
("gets wet")
OJ tuke
("soaks it")
*cuku
("soaks")
traps ENK kali
("fish trap")
OJ kar
("traps, hunts, catches an animal")
*kara
("traps, hunts")
ground MK mith
("base, bottom")
PJ *mita
("ground, dry earth")
*mita
("ground")
(kin prefix) PK *a
("kinship prefix")
OJ a
("my; kinship prefix")
*a
("my; kinship prefix")
land PK *na
("land, ground")
pre-OJ *na
("earth, land")
*na
("land, ground")
deceived MK swok
("is deceived"),
swokí
("deceives it")
MJ sukas
("deceives it")
*sok
("is deceived")
dreams MJ skwú
("dreams")
MJ suk
("is infatuated, has passion"),
suki
("refinement; lust, passion")
*sɨku
("fantasizes, idealizes")

In addition to the above, there may be a relation between the words for morning (朝, asa; 아침, achim). A historical variant in Korean may have been pronounced "asa" (see: Asadal). There is also a minority theory attributing the name of the city Nara to a loanword from Korean (see: Nara, Nara#Etymology).

Phonetically, Korean and Japanese have a similarly limited inventory of vowel sounds, and both Japanese and old Korean (and some dialects of Korean) make use of vowel length.

Korean particles and polite grammatical ending conjugations can sometimes share a superficial similarity with Japanese. The Japanese particle が (ga) is similar to the particle 가 (ka) in function and sound. The informal and impolite conjugation of Korean's Copula 야 (ya) is similar to the dialectal informal copula や (ya) in Japanese (corresponding to だ in standardized Japanese).

Functionally, some peculiar aspects of particles and particle usage are also the same in both languages. For example, the particles 도 (*do*) and も (*mo*) not only share an inclusive function (similar to "too" in English), they also both function to emphasize sheer lack in negative sentences, or sheer intensity in positive sentences. 에 (e) and へ (he) have similar sounds, and one of 에's usages is similar to へ. Particles are also used in the same way to form basic vocabulary words. I.e., 도 (do) and も (mo) in the words for *no one* (아무도, 誰も), and the similar sounding 가 (ga) and か (ka) particle sometimes adding an unknown/questioning element to a word to form the equivalent meaning to English *some*, (i.e. in 뭔가 and 何か, meaning *something*).[citation needed]

However, some percentage of vocabulary in any language may be expected to resemble vocabulary in any other language to a certain extent through random coincidence. The likelihood that a word in one language will be perceived as resembling a word in another language is inversely correlated with the number of phonemes in the word (i.e. the shorter a word is, the more likely it will randomly resemble a short word in another language) and positively correlated with the degree of overlap in the languages' phonological systems (i.e. the more similar the sound systems of the two languages, the more likely it is that any word from one language will be perceived as sounding similar to a word from the other language).[citation needed]

NumeralsEdit

Similarities have been drawn between the four attested numerals of Goguryeo, an ancient Korean relative, and its equivalents in Old Japanese.[20][21]

Numeral Goguryeo Old Japanese
3 mil mi1
5 uc itu
7 na-nin nana
10 dok to2 / to2wo

Also, Sillan language called 3 as "Mil" too.

Note: See Jōdai Tokushu Kanazukai for information on Old Japanese subscript notation.

WritingEdit

Both languages use, to some extent, a combination of native scripts and Chinese characters.

Korean is mostly written in the Korean featural alphabet (known as Hangul in South Korea and Chosŏn'gŭl in North Korea). The traditional hanja (Chinese characters adapted for Korean) are sometimes used in South Korea, but only for specific purposes such as to clarify homophones (especially in TV show subtitles), linguistic or historic study, artistic expression, legal documents, and newspapers. Native Korean words do not use hanja anymore. In North Korea, the hanja have been largely suppressed in an attempt to remove Sinic influence, although they are still used in some cases and the number of hanja taught in North Korean schools is greater than that of South Korean schools.[22]

Japanese is written with a combination of kanji (Chinese characters adapted for Japanese) and kana (two writing systems representing the same sounds, composed primarily of syllables, each used for different purposes).[23][24] Unlike Korean hanja, however, kanji can be used to write both Sino-Japanese words and native Japanese words.

Historically, both Korean and Japanese were written solely with Chinese characters, with the writing experiencing a gradual mutation through centuries into its modern form.[25]

HonorificsEdit

Both languages have similar elaborate, multilevel systems of honorifics, and furthermore both Korean and Japanese also separate the concept of honorifics from formality in speech and writing in their own ways (See Korean speech levels and Honorific speech in Japanese § Grammatical overview). They are cited as the two most elaborate honorific systems, perhaps unrivaled by any other languages.[26] It has been argued that certain honorific words may share a common origin.[27] Uniquely, the honorifics rely heavily on changing verb conjugations rather than only using t-v distinction or other common methods of signifying honorifics. See Korean honorifics and Japanese honorifics.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ Georg et al. 1999:72, 74
  9. ^ "While 'Altaic' is repeated in encyclopedias and handbooks most specialists in these languages no longer believe that the three traditional supposed Altaic groups, Turkic, Mongolian and Tungusic, are related." Lyle Campbell & Mauricio J. Mixco, A Glossary of Historical Linguistics (2007, University of Utah Press), pg. 7.
  10. ^ "When cognates proved not to be valid, Altaic was abandoned, and the received view now is that Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic are unrelated." Johanna Nichols, Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time (1992, Chicago), pg. 4.
  11. ^ "Careful examination indicates that the established families, Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic, form a linguistic area (called Altaic)...Sufficient criteria have not been given that would justify talking of a genetic relationship here." R.M.W. Dixon, The Rise and Fall of Languages (1997, Cambridge), pg. 32.
  12. ^ "...[T]his selection of features does not provide good evidence for common descent" and "we can observe convergence rather than divergence between Turkic and Mongolic languages--a pattern than is easily explainable by borrowing and diffusion rather than common descent", Asya Pereltsvaig, Languages of the World, An Introduction (2012, Cambridge) has a good discussion of the Altaic hypothesis (pp. 211-216).
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  19. ^ Francis-Ratte, Alexander Takenobu (2016). Proto-Korean-Japanese: A New Reconstruction of the Common Origin of the Japanese and Korean Languages (Thesis). The Ohio State University.
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  21. ^ Yi, Ki-Mun (1972). "Kugosa Kaesol [Introduction to the history of Korean]". Seoul: Minjung Sogwan. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. ^ Hannas 1997: 68. "Although North Korea has removed Chinese characters from its written materials, it has, paradoxically, ended up with an educational program that teaches more characters than either South Korea or Japan, as Table 2 shows."
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