Though it is uncontroversial that the language of Silla is the direct ancestor of Middle Korean (Lee and Ramsey 2011: 48), the exact linguistic situation of the Korean peninsula in ancient times is hard to establish.
On the Great Vowel Shift in Middle Korean and Position of Stress in Proto-Korean.
Here we meet the perfect physician, the perfect gentleman, the chaste and modest wife, the obedient children, and the poems written for every conceivable occasion in such topics as the higher narratives, love lyrics in late middle Korean
, The Storyteller's Miscellany, images of society in the early Choson literary collections, The Record of the Black Dragon Year, and the literature of the road to Ch'unhyang.
Both are full of problems in forms and meanings further complicated by miscopying (e.g., in the 'pour' etymology, Monguor fusuru- is incorrect for fuDzuru-, and the Middle Korean cognate should be cited as pus-, not puz-).
The tone-marks in the Middle Korean printed texts are properly acclaimed as "a remarkable accomplishment," one that "few societies, even in modern times, have managed" (pp.
More importantly, one misses here recognition of the thoroughgoing phonetic nature of the Middle Korean writing system.
Also missed out on are several opportunities to use the Middle Korean tones to explain what, on the purely synchronic level, appear to be anomalies in the sound system.