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Date:May 19th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
As for Korean, I'm afraid I know very little about the history of its demonstratives. It is noteworthy that all the disrespectful forms contain the same element, namely /o/, which may be the remnant of a previously independent morpheme. For reference, here's the whole set:

proximal: 이 /i/ 요 /yo/
medial: 그 /ku/ 고 /ko/
distal: 저 /ce/ 조 /co/

Note that some sources (e.g. Sohn, 1994) call this second set "diminutive". So this may be yet another iteration of the same phenomenon noted above: what's "intimate" or even "endearing" in one context may become insulting in another.
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Date:May 19th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Rock on. Thanks for this!
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