From: "Garth Wallace" <gwalla@...> > Danny Wier wrote: > > Considering Korean is spoken by so many millions, and it's the language of > > two republics and one of the world's largest cities, I can't believe they > > can't decide on how 'tense' consonants are pronounced. We had a native > > Korean speaker on the list years ago, and I can't remember her name, but she > > said something about these being pronounced with glottal tension but not > > ejectivity, and that these consonants may also be voiced. These consonants > > do correspond to Middle Chinese voiced aspirates, by the way. > > How so? In loanwords? Exactly, and more than half of the vocabulary of Korean is of Chinese origin. Even today, Korean writing is a mixture of the Hangul phonetic alphabet and Chinese ideographs, more so in the South than in the North (because of the ultranationalist form of Maoism practiced by the Kims).