Foundational Korean: Grammar Basics Course Glossary

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Site: Survival Korean: Language and Culture Online
Course: Grammar Basics (FKG)
Glossary: Foundational Korean: Grammar Basics Course Glossary


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A circumfix is an affix which has two parts, one placed at the start of a word, and the other at the end. Circumfixes contrast with prefixes, attached to the beginnings of words; suffixes, attached at the end; and infixes, inserted in the middle. These don't exist in Korean but certain imported words may have them from the original language. 

Compound Words

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Compound words are words simply made up of two or more nouns such as dog house or univeristy entrance exam.

Content Words

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Content words are words that have meaning. They can be compared to grammatical words, which are structural. Nouns, main verbs, adjectives and adverbs are usually content words. Auxiliary verbs, pronouns, articles, and prepositions are usually grammatical words.

Culture (문화)

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Culture is a collective cognitive programming that encompasses the social behavior, institutions, and norms found in human societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, customs, capabilities, and habits of the individuals in these groups. Culture is often originated from or attributed to a specific region or location.