Old KoreanEdit


Middle Korean merged Old Korean *r and *l unconditionally, and it is not always easy to determine the Old Korean phoneme based on the Middle Korean reflex. Old Korean reconstructions are conventionally given in the Yale Romanization of Korean, which makes only those phonemic distinctions also made in Middle Korean. Alexander Vovin gives circumstantial evidence that the syllable being transcribed by 理 is *ri with a rhotic consonant.


川理 (*NAli or *NAri)

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  • Middle Korean: 나리 (nali) (archaic)
    • Middle Korean: 냏〯 (nǎyh)
      • Korean: (nae)