Korean at the Nexus of Northeast Asian Linguistic Area

A workshop on Korean Studies and Korean Linguistics at Seoul National University, October 26-27, 2018

 

Organized by John Whitman, Department of Linguistics, Cornell University and Sungdai Cho, Director of the Center for Korean Studies and Asian Studies at SUNY-Binghamton, this workshop brings together a group of leading scholars to discuss the place of the Korean language in the Northeast Asian linguistic area.

 

The workshop is an activity of the Academy of Korean Studies Laboratory Program for Korean Studies grant project Korean at the Nexus of the Northeast Asian Linguistic Area. While previous linguistic research on the Korean language has focused on possible genetic links between Korean and other languages, as well as distinctive typological and structural features of Korean, our project and this workshop shifts the focus to an areal perspective. Korean has important features in common with most of the languages in the adjoining area of Northeast Asia, regardless of whether it is genetically related to them. Earlier research has tended to divide the linguistic areas of Northeast Asia into “Siberia” and “East Asia”. We suggest that Northeast Asia as a whole may be regarded as a linguistic area or Sprachbund, extending from northern varieties of Sinitic (Chinese) to Siberian isolates such as Nivkh and Yukaghir. A further part of our working hypothesis is that Korean has central role among the languages of this region, due to its history and geographic location. It shares features with languages to its north, east, and south, mirroring the central cultural and political placement of Korea that continues to this day.

 

The workshop will take place over two days. Presentations on October 26 will focus on the areal/typological background, while papers on October 27 will examine distinctive features of Korean.

 

For further information contact the Center for Korean Studies at SUNY-Binghamton at cks@binghamton.edu.

 

The workshop is funded by the Laboratory Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies grant AKS-2016-LAB-2250004 to Cornell University. 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

Academy of Korean Studies Laboratory Program for Korean Studies

 

 

 

Seoul National University Workshop

 

Korean at the Nexus of Northeast Asian Linguistic Area

 

 

 

October 26-27, 2018

 

Seoul National University

 

 

 

 

 

October 26Friday

 

Shinyang Humanities Hall 302

 

 

9:00-9:15 AM

Welcome

 

Sungdai Cho (SUNY-Binghamton)

 

 

9:15-10:00 AM

John Whitman (Cornell University)

 

Korean at the Nexus of Northeast Linguistic Area

 

 

10:00-10:45 AM

Andrej Malchukov (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

 

On Some Syntactic Isoglosses between Tungusic, Korean and Japanese

 

 

10:45-11:00 AM

Coffee Break

 

 

11:00-11:45 AM

Ekaterina Gruzdeva (University of Helsinki)

 

Morphosyntactic Transformation of Nivkh in the Context of the Amur Linguistic Area

 

 

11:45 AM-12:30 PM

Juha Janhunen (University of Helsinki)

 

Amuric – the Forgotten Protohistorical Northern Neighbour of Korean

 

 

12:30-2:00 PM

Lunch

 

 

2:00-2:45 PM

Seongyeon Ko (Queens College, CUNY)

 

A Comparative and Typological Investigation of Vowel Harmony Systems in Altaic, Northeast Asian and Beyond

 

 

2:45-3:30 PM

Alexander Vovin (EHESS-CRLAO)

 

East or West, but Korean is the Best: On the Centrality of Koreanic in the Early Medieval Language Contacts in North-East Asia

 

 

3:30-4:15 PM

Jinho Park (Seoul National University)

 

Morphological Complexity in North-East Asian Languages

 

 

4:15-4:30 PM

Coffee Break

 

 

4:30-5:15 PM

Seongha Rhee (Hankook University of Foreign Studies)

 

Grammaticalization in Korean

 

 

5:15-6:00 PM

SeungJae Lee (Seoul National University)

 

Phonological Oppositions in Affricate Consonants of Early Middle Chinese

 

 

6:00-6:45 PM

Zev Handel (University of Washington)

 

Reconstructing Early Middle Chinese Sibilant Consonants: Implications of Old Korean Phonological Oppositions

 

 

 

 

 

October 27Saturday

 

Shinyang Humanities Hall 302

 

 

9:00-9:15 AM

Welcome

 

John Whitman (Cornell University)

 

 

9:15-10:00 AM

James Hye Suk Yoon (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

 

Lexical and Syntactic Nominalizations in Korean

 

 

10:00-10:45 AM

Heejeong Ko (Seoul National University)

 

Right-dislocation in Korean

 

 

10:45-11:00 AM

Coffee Break

 

 

11:00-11:45 AM

Yutaka Sato (International Christian University)

 

A Copula Functioning as a Light Verb in Korean

 

 

11:45 AM-12:30 PM

Seunghun Lee (International Christian University)

 

Phonetics of /h/ Following Plosives in Two Korean Dialects: Seoul and Gwangju

 

 

12:30-2:00 PM

Lunch

 

 

2:00-2:45 PM

Chung-hye Han (Simon Fraser University)

 

On-line Evidence of Island effects in the Korean Relative Clause

 

 

2:45-3:30 PM

Jaehoon Yeon (SOAS University of London)

 

Diaspora Varieties of Korean: Morpho-syntactic characteristics of Korean in Central Asia and Yanbian

 

 

3:30-3:45 PM

Coffee Break

 

 

3:45-4:30 PM

Sungdai Cho (SUNY at Binghamton)

 

Valency Alternations in Korean

 

 

4:30-5:15 PM

Ho-min Sohn (University of Hawaii)

 

Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Korean Grammar

 

 

5:15-6:00 PM

William O’Grady (University of Hawaii)

 

Issues in the Study of Jejueo