Assistant Professor of Linguistics 

Department of Linguistics & TESOL
The University of Texas at Arlington



Theoretical Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and their Interfaces.
Experimental Linguistics (Sentence Processing, Prosody, Statistical Analysis) 

argument-adjunct asymmetry, scrambling, topic/focus and information structure, case, negative concord, specificity/definiteness, expletive/evaluative negation, mood and modality, expressivity, politeness, metalinguistic comparatives, NPIs, scope of negation, and rhetorical force. Comparative study of East Asian and Indo-European languages.



Curriculum Vitae


Research Profile at University of Texas at Arlington



PhD dissertation:

‘Not’ in the Mood: the Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics of Evaluative Negation. 2011.

Committee: Prof. Anastasia Giannakidou, Prof. Jason Merchant (co-chairs), Prof. Chris Kennedy, Prof. Marcel den Dikken (external, CUNY), University of Chicago.     [ pdf ]



1. Main Clause Phenomena in Korean (vs. V2 in German). 

to appear.  Lingua.  [ pdf ]  

2. Jespersen’s Cycle and the scope of negation in American Sign Language

to appear.  With Kristen Fleckenstein. Sing Language Studies. [ pdf ]  

3. Scalar marking without scalar meaning: non-scalar, non-emphatic EVEN-marked NPIs in Greek and Korean

2016. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Language. [ pdf ]

4. Semantic constraint and pragmatic nonconformity for expressives: compatibility condition on slurs, epithets, anti-honorifics, intensifiers, and mitigators

2015. Special issue on Slurs at Language Sciences 52:49-69. [ pdf ]

5. Parametric Variation in Subordinate Expletive Negation: Japanese/Korean vs. Others

2013. Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 22.2:133-166.  [ pdf ]


6. The subjective mode of comparison: metalinguistic comparatives in Greek and Korean

2011. With Anastasia Giannakidou. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 29.3: 621-655.  [ pdf ]


7. A Structural Asymmetry in Intervention Effects

2011. Lingua 121: 942-962.  [ pdf ]


8. Rhetorical Comparatives: polarity items, expletive negation, and subjunctive mood

2011. Journal of Pragmatics 43: 2012-2033.  [ pdf ]  

Works under submission: (comments welcome!)

1. On the distribution of NPIs in clausal comparatives

2016. ms. With Anastasia Giannakidou, under review. [ pdf ]  

2. Anti-specific wh-indeterminates in Korean: referentially vague indefinite wh-inka

2016. ms. With Arum Kang. under review. [ pdf ]  

3. Compatibility condition for expressives revisited: a big data-based trend analysis

2016. ms. (to be available soon)

4. Negative Concord: a comparative study of Korean, Japanese, and Greek. 

2016. ms. under review. [ pdf ]  

5. Disjunction as an epistemic modality: nonveridical equilibrium and modal concord

2016. ms. With Arum Kang. under revison.[ pdf ]  


Current Work in progress:

1. Referential Vagueness in American Sign Language

In prep. With Kristen Fleckenstein.  

2. The Syntax of Nominal Conditionals in Korean

In prep. With Masaya Yoshida.

3. Expressives in Vietnamese

In prep. With Juliet Hyunh.

4. Online sentence processing of conditionals and relative clauses in Japanese and Korean.

In prep.  With Masaya Yoshida and John Hale.


5. The Scope of Negation. 

In prep. 

6. Two types of Negative Indefinites in Korean 

In prep. 





1. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Greek Linguistics

2010(to appear). Co-edited with Aikaterini Chatzopoulos and Alexandra Ioannidou.    


2. CLS 43. Vol 1-Vol 2.

2007. Papers from the 43th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Vol. 1. The Main Session: Gradience In Grammar, Vol. 2. The Parasession: Cross-linguistic variation in semantics / The Syntax of Wh-structures / Gaps, exceptions and paradigm defectiveness. Malcolm Elliott, James Kirby, Osamu Sawada, Eleni Staraki, Suwon Yoon eds.    


3. SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics. Vol. 2.

2003. Chung-gon Cho, Hae-sun Cho, Shi-na Lee, Tae-sook Park, Jung-ah Shin, Suwon Yoon eds. Seoul National Univ.    



- The Meaning of Expletive Negation in Korean and beyond

In preparation. 


Refereed Book Chapters and Conference proceedings:


1. Referential vagueness and negative polarity: evidence from Greek and Korean.

To appear. With Anastasia Giannakidou, Proceedings of the 47th Chicago Linguistic Society. University of Chicago.    

2. On the distribution of NPIs in clausal comparatives. 

2014. With Anastasia Giannakidou and Marcel den Dikken. Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol. 21. ed. by Seungho Nam, Jongho Jun, and Heejeong Ko. Stanford: CSLI Publications.


3. No NPI licensing in clausal comparatives

2014. With Anastasia Giannakidou, Proceedings of the 46th Chicago Linguistic Society. ed. by Timothy Grinsell, Adam Baker, Julia Thomas, Rebekah Baglini, Jon Keane. University of Chicago. [ pdf ]

4. On Embedded Root Phenomena: ERP in Korean versus V2 in Germanic languages. 

2013. Proceedings of NELS 42. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA.


5. An experimental approach to the interpretation of wh-phrases: processing and Phonology-syntax interface.

2010. Interfaces in Linguistics: New Research Perspectives. Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 31, ed. by Raffaella Folli and Christiane Ulbrich, Oxford University Press. Oxford. U.K.     


6. Expletive Negation in Japanese and Korean

2010, Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol 18. Stanford: CSLI Publications.   


7. Expressivity of Non-truthconditional Negation

2009. (handout) The 32nd GLOW Colloquium: semantics workshop, "Modes of Composition”. April 15 - 18, Université de Nantes, Nantes, France.    


8. Metalinguistic comparatives in Greek and Korean: attitude semantics, expressive meaning, and NPI licensing.

2009, With Anastasia Giannakidou, The 13th Sinn und Bedeutung (SuB 13). University of Stuttgart, Germany. available at:    


9. Mood in Abstract Complementizer: Altaic vs. non-Altaic languages.

2009, Proceedings of the fifth Workshop on Altaic and Formal Linguistics (WAFL 5), Cambridge, MA: MITWPL.     


10. Syntax and Semantics of Negation

2008, Congress Book from the 18th International Congress of Linguists (CIL 18), John Benjamins Publishers .    


11. Comparative and Negation: three types of comparatives in Greek and Korean

2008, With Anastasia Giannakidou, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of Cognitive Science (ICCS 6).The Korean Society for Cognitive Science. Seoul: Sigma Press. 


12. How to Tell the Scope of Negation

2008, Proceedings of the Purdue Linguistics Association Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA    


13. Negative Concord in Korean and Japanese

2008, The University of Chicago Working Papers, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA     


14. From Non-Specificity to Polarity  

2008, Proceedings of the Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of Washington, Washington, USA.     


15. The Landscape of metalinguistic comparatives

2008, With Anastasia Giannakidou, Proceedings of the 10th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, Hankook Publishing, Seoul: Korea.   

16. Noone vs. Anyone: a compositional analysis of indefinites  

2008, Proceedings of the Workshop in General Linguistics Vol 8, UW-Madison, Wisconsin, USA.    


17. Two Types of Negative Indefinite in Korean   

2008, Inquires into Korean Linguistics III, pp. 179-192, ed. by J. Whitman, P. Lee, C. Suh, S. Cho, Y. Jung, J. Chung, J. Han, Hankook Publishing Co. 


18. An Argument/Adjunct Asymmetry in Wh-questions

2007, The University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL) Vol 14.1. University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA.    


19. Reanalysis of Wh-phrase Dichotomy

2007, Proceedings of the 9th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, ed. by Doo-Won Lee, pp. 299-312, Hankook Publishing, Seoul, Korea.     

20. Scrambling as a Disambiguation Strategy: On Wh-phrase Scrambling in Korean and Japanese

2005, Ellipsis in minimalism: Proceedings of the 7th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar, ed. by Kiyong Choi and Changguk Yim, pp. 33-44, Hankook Publishing. Seoul, Korea. 

21. Licensing Constraint of Negative Polarity Items in English.

2003, SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics Vol. 2, ed. by Chung-gon Cho, Hae-sun Cho, Shi-na Lee, Jung-ah Shin, Suwon Yoon. pp. 108-132, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.     



The Licensing of Negative Polarity Items in English: a constraint based approach in Minimal Recursion Semantics

2003, Master's Thesis, Seoul National University.     


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