188.8.131.52:59: KIM-RENAUD'S MIDDLE KOREAN VOWELS (PART 2)In part 1 last month, I asked,
Was [the Middle Korean vowel] arae a (ㆍ) really arae o?
In other words, was the vowel written as a dot pronounced as [o]?
Arae a is no longer used in modern Korean orthography. In modern standard Korean, the vowel it once represented has merged with ㅏ [a] and ㅡ [ɯ], and, on rare occasions, ㅓ[ə] or even ㅗ [o] only before labial segments*:
|Gloss||Middle Korean||Modern standard Korean||Modern standard Korean spelling|
(2.13.00:23: Examples from Martin 1992: 42.)
Arae a is only retained in Cheju, where it is [ʌ] (Lee and Ramsey 2000) or [ɔ] (Yi 1978 and Martin 1992)**.
I have been reconstructing arae a as back unrounded [ʌ] for years. [ʌ] occupies a midpoint between the other five vowels (in bold)
||central unrounded||back unrounded||back rounded|
and could easily become any of them:
[ʌ] lowered to low central [a]
[ʌ] raised to high back [ɯ]
[ʌ] fronted to mid central [ə]
[ʌ] raised and rounded to upper mid back [o]
and in Cheju, [ʌ] either remained unchanged or rounded to lower mid back [ɔ]
Nonetheless, Kim-Renaud (2010) reconstructed arae a as back rounded [o] which is adjacent to the equivalents of those five vowels in her chart (in bold):
|High||ɨ (= my u)||u (= my o)|
|Mid||ə (= my ɯ)||o|
|Low||ɑ (= my ə)||ɔ (= my a)|
(Note that Kim-Renaud uses ɑ for a low central unrounded vowel instead of a low back unrounded vowel.)
Next: Which reconstruction of arae a best accounts for 15th century hangŭl transcriptions of Old Ryukyuan?
*2.13.1:21: Arae a appears as [o] before as well as after labial segments (in bold) in other modern Korean dialects: e.g. (examples from Lee and Ramsey 2000: 319-320 and Martin 1992: 42),
|Gloss||Middle Korean||Modern standard Korean||Yukchin||Phyŏng'an|
**2.13.1:02: Oh Sang-suk, a native speaker of Cheju if I recall correctly, approvingly quoted Yi Sung-nyŏng's symbol [ɔ] for Cheju arae a in his 1998 paper.