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Dr. Ramsey is delivering acceptance speech

Dr. Robert Ramsey has won The Korean Language Society’s highest professional honor, the Ilsuk Korean Linguistics Award. On June 9, in a formal ceremony in downtown Seoul, the Society presented Ramsey with the prestigious award, along with an inscribed gold medal and a cash prize of $20,000. In a series of speeches, senior scholars of the Society documented Ramsey’s research accomplishments in the field of Korean historical linguistics, particularly emphasizing his most recent Cambridge University Press book on the history of the Korean language. Ramsey closed the award ceremony with a formal acceptance speech, which was followed by a dinner held in his honor. 

Dr. Ramsey is the first and only non-Korean ever to receive the Ilsuk Korean Linguistics Award.

In addition to this latest honor, Ramsey has received three other awards for his scholarship on Korea. In 1998, President Kim Dae Jung of the Republic of Korea presented him with a Commendation Award and medal for advancing the Korean Alphabet and the study of the Korean language. In 2010, he received the Tongsung Academic Award. Finally and most important, in 2013 Korean President Park Geun-hye presented Ramsey with The Precious Crown Medal of the Order of Cultural Merit, the highest level of cultural recognition given by the Korean government.