“Korean is what we call a link language,” says John B. Whitman, Linguistics. “It has things in common with all the neighboring languages of the area, as if it’s a sort of middleman between them. We can’t say what modern language Korea is related to in the sense of being descended from the same common ancestor. But we can show it’s unique in that it shares properties with all its neighbors that they don’t share among themselves. It’s a testimony to the historical importance of Korea in the region.”
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