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Yong Heo, 2007. A Study of the Phonological Reality of the vowel ‘ㅡ’ of Korean. Language and Linguistics 39, 235-255. This paper aims to verify the phonological reality of the vowel 'ㅡ'[ɨ] in Korean. This vowel is differing from other vowels in its phonological behavior. It alternates with zero (ø) in suffixation, such as nouns and particles, and verbal stems and endings. For this reason this vowel is called a mediating vowel. I claim that this vowel is a manifestation of the empty nucleus, as can be seen in other languages such as French and Polish. This is supported by the two phonological facts, one of which is that [ɨ] did not appear in the initial position of the words beginning with a vowel until Mid Korean, and the other is that the vowel fails to appear at the final position of the words in Modern Korean. I also claim that this vowel appearing in pure Korean words has also the same function as in suffixation. I attempted to prove this claim by comparing the cases of the loanword phonology in Korean and the native forms of pure Korean simplex words. What we can see from the comparison is that the two cases are exactly the same in realization of the vowel [ɨ].