First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean 가〯치〮 (Yale: kǎchí). The spontaneous gemination of the initial consonant occurred in the late nineteenth century. Spontaneous gemination is a recurrent phenomenon in Modern Korean, motivated by sound-symbolic effects.
- (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈk͈a̠(ː)t͡ɕʰi]
- Phonetic hangul: [까(ː)치]
- Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
|Revised Romanization (translit.)?||kkachi|
까치 • (kkachi)