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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Professor Jae Hoon Yeon

BA MA (Seoul National) PhD(London)


Jaehoon Yeon
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics

Centre of Korean Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies

Centre for Language Pedagogy


Professor Jae Hoon Yeon
Email address:
020 7898 4232
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Wednesdays 2-3pm & 4-5pm


Language and Linguistics


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Bokyoung Kim, ‘A Study on Monolingual Learner’s Dictionary for foreign learners’
  • Jaewoon Ko, Story-based Approach to Teaching Korean Particles: Development of Teaching-Learning Model
  • Kyeong-Soo Kim, Naturalizing Strategy in the Translation of Korean Fiction into English: from a pragmatic perspective
  • Simon Barnes-Sadler, Diaspora varieties of Korean: a comparative study
  • Xi Chen, A contrastive study of illocutionary acts in Korean and Chinese
  • Youkyung Ju, Typological Universals of Relative Clauses with Reference to Korean as a Foreign Language


Korean Language and linguistics; Korean modern literature; Korean society and culture


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Available for
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Yeon, Jaehoon (2013) Get Started in Korean (Teach Yourself). London: Hodder & Stoughton. (Teach Youself Languages)

Yeon, Jaehoon and Kiaer, Jieun and Brown, Lucien (2013) The Routledge Intermediate Korean Reader. Abingdon, New York: Routledge. (Routledge Modern Language Readers)

Yeon, Jaehoon (2011) A Typological Study on Korean Grammatical Constructions [in Korean]. Seoul: Thaehaksa.

Yeon, Jaehoon and Brown, Lucien (2011) Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar. London; New York: Routledge. (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)

Yeon, Jaehoon and Vincent, Mark (2010) Complete Korean. London: Hodder Headline. (Teach Yourself)

Yeon, Jae and Lee, E and Park, D (2004) Integrated Korean: Advanced I. USA: University of Hawaii Press.

Yeon, Jae and Lee, E and Park, D (2004) Integrated Korean: Advanced II. USA: University of Hawaii Press.

Yeon, Jaehoon and Ko, YK and Kuh, BK and Shi, CK and Shi, CK (2004) A Study on Grammar and Grammar Education in North Korea [in Korean]. South Korea: Pagijung Publishing Co.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2003) Korean Grammatical Constructions. Their Form and Meaning. Saffron.

Yeon, Jae and King, R (2002) Continuing Korean. Tuttle Publishing Co. (USA).

Yeon, Jae and King, R (2000) Elementary Korean. Charles E Tuttle Publishing Co. (N Y).

Yeon, Jae and Vincent, M (1997) Teach Yourself Korean. Hodder & Stoughton.

Edited Books

Yeon, Jaehoon, ed. (2011) Current Issues in Korean Language Education in Europe [in Korean]. Seoul: Pagijung Publishing Co.

Yeon, Jaehoon and Kiaer, Jieun, eds. (2010) Selected Papers from the 2nd European Conference on Korean Linguistics. Munchen: Lincom Europa. (Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics)

Yeon, Jaehoon, ed. (2005) Studies in Korean Morpho-Syntax: A Functional-Typological Perspective. London: Saffron Books.

Yeon, J, ed. (2002) Functional-Typological Studies in Korean Morpho-Syntax: Special Volume of Eoneohag (Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea). The Linguistic Society of Korea (Korea).

H, J and Pak, Y, eds. (2001) History, Language and Culture in Korea: Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE). Saffron Books (Eastern Art Publishing UK).

Book Chapters

Yeon, Jaehoon (2013) 'Organisation and Contents of Korean Pedagogical Grammar - With focus on Korean: A Comprehensive Grammar (Yeon & Brown).' In: Sohn, S. and Cho, S. and You, S, (eds.), Studies in Korean Linguistics and Language Pedagogy: Festschrift for Ho-min Sohn. Seoul: Korea University Press, pp. 566-582.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2012) 'Korean dialects: a general survey.' In: Tranter, Nicholas, (ed.), The Languages of Japan and Korea. Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 168-185. (Routledge Language Family Series)

Yeon, Jaehoon (2010) 'Constraints on Double-Accusative External Possession Constructions in Korean: A Cognitive approach.' In: Yeon, Jaehoon and Kiaer, Jieun, (eds.), Selected Papers from the 2nd European Conference on Korean Linguistics. Munchen: Lincom Europa. (Lincom Studies in Asian Linguistics)

Yeon, Jaehoon and Brown, Lucien (2010) 'Acquisition Studies on Relative Clauses and their relevance to Korean Language Teaching.' In: Fouser, Robert, (ed.), Contemporary Korean Linguistics: International Perspectives. Seoul: Thaehaksa, pp. 23-45.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2007) 'How different is Pyongyang speech from Seoul speech?' In: Pares, Susan and Hoare, James. E., (eds.), Korea: The Past and the Present. London: Global Oriental, pp. 147-155.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2006) '"Standard Language" and "Cultured Language".' In: Sohn, H., (ed.), Korean Language in Culture and Society. University of Hawai'i Press, pp. 31-43.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2005) 'Causative-Passive Correlations and Retained-Object Passive Constructions.' In: Yeon, J., (ed.), Studies in Korean Morpho-Syntax. A Functional-Typological Perspective. Saffron, pp. 163-183.

Yeon, Jae (2002) 'Satongmun phisayekcwu uy kyekphyoci cwunchep ey kwanhan muncey (On doubling of the causee in causative constructions).' In: Ko, and Yengkun, , (eds.), Munpep kwa Theksuthu (Grammar and Text). Seoul National University Press (Korea), pp. 411-430.

Yeon, Jae (2002) 'How can causatives come to be aasociated with passives in Korean.' In: Ahn, H-Don and Kim, N, (eds.), Selected Papers from Twelfth International Conference on Korean Linguistics. Kyungjin Munhwasa (Korea), pp. 537-550.

Yeon, Jae (1998) 'Affectedness and the Degree of Transitivity in Korean.' In: R, ed, (ed.), Descriptions and Explanations in Korean Linguistics. Cornell University Press (USA), pp. 241-257.


Yeon, Jaehoon (2012) 'A functional-typological study on Korean relative clauses [in Korean].' Journal of Korean Linguistics, 63 . pp. 413-457.

Yeon, Jaehoon and Brown, Lucien (2010) 'Experimental Research into the Phases of Acquisition of Korean Tense-Aspect: Focusing on the Progressive Marker '-ko issta' [in Korean].' Journal of Korean Language Education, 21 (1). pp. 151-173.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2010) 'Was the Korean alphabet a sole invention of King Sejong?' Journal of Korean Culture, 14 . pp. 183-216.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2008) 'Is there ergativity in Korean? - The definition of ergativity and other uses of the term 'ergative' [in Korean].' Han-Geul (Journal of the Korean Language Society), 282 . pp. 125-154.

Jaehoon, Yeon (2007) 'Coding Conflict or Semantic Contrast? The Grammatical Encoding of the Causee.' Eoneohag (Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea), 47 (4). pp. 33-59.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2007) 'Typology of Causative Constructions [in Korean].' International Journal of Korean Studies, 11 . pp. 243-276.

Yeon, Jae (2003) 'Thonghap hapsenge eyse cepmisa cheli muncey wa nonhang pwunsek muncey caylon (Issues in the word-formation of synthetic compounds in Korean revisited).' Hyengthaylon (Morphology), vol. 5 . pp. 123-131.

Yeon, Jae and Mok, and Jungsoo, (2003) 'On the Linguistic Divergence between North and South Korean.' Comparative Korean Studies, 11 (1). pp. 101-121.

Yeon, Jae (2002) 'Review of "The Korean Language".' The Review of Korean Studies, vol. 5 . pp. 321-326.

Yeon, Jae (2001) 'The present state of Korean language education at Universities in Europe.' Bilingual Research, 18 . pp. 381-401.

Yeon, Jae (2001) 'On Korean synthetic compounds.' Hyengthaylon (Korean Journal of Morphology), 3 (no . pp. 333-343.

Yeon, Jae (2001) 'Transitivity Alternation and Neutral-Verbs in Korean.' Bulletin of SOAS, 64 (pt . pp. 381-391.

Yeon, Jae (2000) 'How different is Pyongyang speech from Seoul speech?' Papers of the British Association for Korean Studies, 7 . pp. 241-252.

Yeon, Jae (2000) 'When Causatives meet Passives in Korean.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 10 . pp. 249-268.

Yeon, Jae (2000) 'Korean Language Education for Distance Learning - with special focus on textbook development and teacher training.' Bilingual Research, 17 . pp. 359-390.

Yeon, Jae (2000) 'Issues and Problems in developing elementary Korean textbooks for English speakers.' Journal of Korean Language Education, 7 . pp. 133-157.

Yeon, Jae (1999) 'A Cognitive Account of the Constraints on Possessor-Ascension Constructions.' Language Research, vol.35 . pp. 211-230.

Book Reviews

Yeon, Jaehoon (2009) 'Review of Prototypical Transitivty.' Studies in Language, 33 (1). pp. 233-239.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2008) 'Review of The Korean Language: Structure, use, and context.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 71 (1). pp. 158-159.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2004) 'Review of The Sounds of Korean: A Pronunciation Guide.' The Review of Korean Studies, 7 (3). pp. 253-256.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2002) 'Review of The Korean Language.' The Review of Korean Studies, 5 (2). pp. 321-326.


Yeon, Jaehoon and Brown, Lucien (2008) 'Chambers Korean Phrasebook.' London: Chambers Haraap Publishers Ltd.

Yeon, Jae (2001) 'Review of Modern Korean - An Intermediate Reader. By Kim Nam-Kil.' In: Acta Koreana. Keimyung University (Korea). pp. 157-159.

Yeon, Jae (2001) 'Hankwuke Hoyhwa (Korean Conversation) (Edition with Jaewook Kim, Yeonhui Jung, and Yong Heo).' Korean Ministry of Education. 181 & 183.

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