Jeju dialect

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Jeju dialect (Korean: 제주 방언, Hanja: 濟州方言) or Jeju language (제주어; 濟州語) is the dialect used on the island of Jeju in Korea, with the exception of Chuja (Chuja dialect is similar to the Jeolla dialect) in the former Bukjeju County area of Jeju City. It differs greatly from the dialects of the mainland, and preserves many archaic words which have since been lost in other Korean dialects. It has also directly borrowed (not to be confused with a Sprachbund-like assimilation of) some words from foreign languages, including about 240 words from Mongolian, 53 words from Chinese, 50 words from Japanese, and 22 words from Manchu. There are also many words which appear to be original formations (possibly from the language of the ancient kingdom of Tamna).

Another difference is the slightly different intonation of words. The Jeju dialect tends to use more stress on certain syllables.

One large difference between the Jeju dialect and those of mainland Korea is the lack of formality and deference to elders. For example, while a speaker of the Seoul dialect might say 안녕하세요 annyeonghaseyo ("Hello") to an older person, a speaker of the Jeju dialect would say 반갑수다 ban-gapsuda (lit., "Nice chatting" or "Nice talking"; roughly equivalent to "Howdy"). To many mainlanders, a child saying this to an adult would be appalling, but on the islands, a more "egalitarian" form of speech is used, perhaps a...
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