A Quantitative Study for the Distribution of Korean Phonemes in the two parts: The Ox and Waiting for Godot

한국어 음소분포에 대한 계량언어학적 연구 - "소"와 "고도를 기다리며"를 중심으로 -

  • 배희숙 (한국과학기술원 인공지능센터 음성언어연구실) ;
  • 구동욱 (한국과학기술원 인공지능센터 음성언어연구실) ;
  • 윤영선 (한국과학기술원 인공지능센터 음성언어연구실) ;
  • 오영환 (한국과학기술원 전산학과)
  • Published : 2000.12.01


The goal of quantitative linguistics is to show the quantitative behavior of linguistic units. There are several studies which examine the frequency of Korean phonemes, which are important in comprehending the internal function of the linguistic units. However, the frequency information, from the pure phonological level without any consideration of rhythmic group, cannot adequately represent linguistic phenomena. Therefore, to provide the effective information, the phonological transcription must be carried out on the level of rhythmic group. In this paper, we made the transcription to analyze Korean phonology. We were not satisfied with merely investigating the frequencies of the phonemes, but also examined whether the distribution of Korean phonemes show the binomial distribution within linguistic constraints.