An Algorithm on Predicting Syllable Numbers of English Monosyllabic Loanwords in Korean

영어 단음절 차용어의 음절수 예측을 위한 알고리즘

  • 초미희 (경기대학교 영어영문학부)
  • Published : 2005.04.01


When English monosyllabic words are adapted to the Korean language, the loanwords tend to carry extra syllables. The purpose of this paper is to find the syllable augmentation conditions in loanword adaptation and further to provide an algorithm to predict the syllable numbers of English monosylabic loanwords. Three syllable augmentation conditions are found as follows: 1) the existence of diphthong, 2) the existence of consonant clusters, and 3) the quality of the final consonant (and the preceding vowel). Based on these three conditions, an algorithm to predict the syllable number of English monosyllabic loanwords are proposed as three rules applied iteratively with ordering. In addition, the applications of the algorithm to data are given.


English Monosyllabic Loanwords;Syllable Number Prediction;Diphthong;Long Vowel;Consonant Clusters;Final Vowel Insertion