사이시옷

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사이시옷 (sai-sios, -siot)

  1. The Hangul consonant "" (similar to "s") that is inserted between the two agglutinating words, or more precisely, added to the end of the first word (ending with a vowel in modern Korean), for one reason or another:
    • For serving as a genitive case similar to the English 's,
      e.g., 나랏말씀 (naras-malsseum, narat-) "nation's or national language"
    • For more adaptive pronunciation of such words,
      e.g., 나뭇 (namus-ip, namut-nip) "tree leaf," 돼지 (mes-dwaeji, met-ttwaeji) wild boar, literally, "mountain boar"

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