SEOUL — If North Korea and South Korea ever reunite, they’ll have to address their language barrier.
In an effort to unify the language, researchers on both sides have started working on a dictionary. But who knows when it’ll be done. Every time relations between the countries chill, the whole project stalls because the two sides can’t meet with each other.
North and South Korea share a writing system, and for the most part, citizens of either country can understand one another. But in the 70-plus years since the countries split, the “Korean” spoken on both sides has started to drift further apart.
VICE News visited a professor who’s leading the project to find out what it’s like to make a dictionary for a unified country that doesn’t exist yet.
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