80 words which are so many stories which tell South Korea and which, in addition to the roots words and their resonance in the hearts of the women and men who use them, evoke the special link that the author maintains with South Korea, its inhabitants and their language. Martine Prost is French. Married to a Korean, she now lives in Seoul. She attaches herself on the one hand to the origin of words, to their etymology, to their meanings and on the other hand to all that which is expressed through them: the wounds of the past, the evolution of society, the particularities Korean temperament. His family life in Korea allows him to refer to experiences personal.
"A COLLECTION OFFERING DIVES INTO OTHER COUNTRIES IN 80 WORDS EXPLAINED AND COMMENTED ON BY SPECIALISTS. GORGEOUS."
Martine Prost, Ph.D. in linguistics, was a lecturer at the UFR de langues et civilisations orientales of the Université Paris-Diderot and director of the Institut d'études coréennes at the Collège de France. Married to a Korean and now retired, she lives in Korea. Her books include Scènes de vie en Corée (2011) and Halabeoji (2016), both published by L'Asiathèque.
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