Quotes about Hangeul

Hangeul is perhaps the most scientific system of writing in general use in any country.

Edwin O. Reischauer (1960/ Professor, Harvard University, USA, an historian in East Asian Affairs.)
Source from East Asia : The Great Tradition, 1960

Whether or not it is ultimately the best of all conceivable scripts for Korean, Hangeul must be unquestionably ranked as one of the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind.

Geoffrey Sampson (1985/ Professor of Natural Language Computing, University of Sussex, Linguist.)
Source from Writing systems : A linguistic introduction, 1990

 ”I take it for granted that the academic world of linguistics praise and celebrate Hangeul Day as a holiday. So I’ve been celebrating Hangeul Day every year for more than 20 years.”

 -The Biblical Meaning of Hangeul(2005) p.26 from the body, Jeon Taekbu. 
J.D. McCawley (Professor, University of Chicago, Linguist. He has celebrated Hangeul Day with his fellow linguists for more than 20 years.)

 
“Hangeul is the most developed phonemic alphabet and also feature characters that are much better than Roman characters.”

Hiroyuki Umeda (Former Professor of University of Tokyo, President of Reitaku University, Japan)
- Digital Hangeul Museum > Future Room> Globalization of Hangeul (2007-09-15)
   http://www.hangeulmuseum.org/sub/future/world/foreign_study01.jsp

Korean Hangeul is the long-waited perfect script.

 John Man (Science historian, UK, traveler, documentary director)
- Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters shaped the Western World, 2000.
 

“King Sejong systematized the phonological theory five centuries earlier than the West which completed its phonological theory in the twentieth century. Hangeul is the best alphabet in the world which combines the traditional philosophy and the science theory.”

 Werner Sasse (Professor, University of Hamburg)
- Digital Hangeul Museum > Future Room> Globalization of Hangeul (2007-09-15)
  http://www.hangeulmuseum.org/sub/future/world/foreign_study01.jsp

“The King’s 28 letters have been described by scholars as the world’s best alphabet and the most scientific system of writing.”

Jared Diamond (Physiologist, Medical College of UCLA, Pulitzer Prize winner)
- Science magazine <Discovery>, June 1994

“Hangeul is simple, tactic, minute and easy Korean alphabet. The reason why the number of Hangeul learners is increasing in China is not only because the presence of Korea in the Chinese culture has rose but also because its outstanding phonemic structure makes it easier for the Chinese to learn Korean. The scholars of Joseon Dynasty accomplished what Chinese could not by transcribing Chinese sound of Chinese characters with a phonogram ‘Hunminjeongeum.’ Hangeul put a period to the history of Chinese language which had been delivered only by characters without sound transcription.”

 李得春 (Professor, Yanbian University)
- [The Dong-a Ilbo] ColumnHangeul in the world? Hangeul in the well!(2008-08-18)
  http://www.donga.com/fbin/output?n=200808180093

Differentiated from English and French, Korean is a unique language that can be learned easily. One day is enough to master reading in Korean. Hangeul is a very scientific and convenient alphabet system for communication.”

 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (the Nobel Prize winner for literature in 2008)
- Interview article http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2008/12/07/2008120700768.html

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