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Hunminjeongeum and Alphabetic Writing Systems



Date: October 8~12, 2008

Venue: Sinyang Humanities Hall, Seoul National University, KOREA



October 8, Wednesday

18:00 Welcome Reception (Hoam Faculty House)



October 9, Thursday

13:00 Registration



13:30 Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Ho-Young Lee (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

Welcome Address

           Juwon Kim (President, the Hunmin jeongeum Society)

Congratulatory Address

           Chang-ku Byun (Dean, College of Humanities, Seoul Nat’l Univ.)



14:00-14:50 Plenary Session

Moderator: Young Bae Park (Kookmin Univ.)

Towards Further Understanding of the Indus Script

           Asko Parpola (Univ. of Helsinki)



14:50-15:00 Coffee Break




Part I Moderator: Seungho Nam (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

The History of the Research into Hunminjeongeum

           Hyeon-hie Lee (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

The Vowel System and Vowel Harmony in 15th Century Korean Revisited

           Young-Key Kim-Renaud (George Washington Univ.)

Some Remarks on Hankul Tran­scriptions of Middle Japanese

           James M. Unger (Ohio State Univ.)



17:00- Reception (Dongwon Hall)



October 10, Friday


Part II Moderator: Youngchul Jun (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

History and Principles in the Study of Writing: Questions, Problems, Agendas

           Barry Powell (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison)

Tokens and Writing: The Cognitive Development

           Denise Schmandt-Besserat (Univ. of Texas at Austin)

Germanic Runes and the Interpretation of Old English Inscriptions

           Young Bae Park (Kookmin Univ.)



12:30-14:30 Lunch (Duraemidam)




Part III Moderator: Jongho Jun (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

On the Alternatives for an Wutun Orthography

           Juha Janhunen (Univ. of Helsinki)

Towards a Comparative Study of Sinographic Writing Strategies in Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese

           Zev Handel (Univ. of Washington)

Evidence of the Persian Empire’s Multilingualism and Interpretation of DB # 70

           Chul-Hyun Bae (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)



16:30-16:50 Coffee Break




Part IV Moderator: Chul-Hyun Bae (Seoul Nat’l Univ.)

General Discussion

17:40- Closing Ceremony & Photographing

18:00 Music Performance & Banquet (Seoul Nat’l Univ. Faculty Club)

20:00 Closing



October 11, Saturday ~ October 12, Sunday

Academic Tour


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