SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Soung-U Kim

BA (Leipzig) MA (SOAS)
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Japan and Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages and Culture

Research Fellow

Centre of Korean Studies

Research Fellow

Soung-U Kim
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Soung-U Kim is of German-Korean descent, and did his BA in Linguistics at Leipzig University. He came to SOAS to pursue his MA in Language Documentation and Description, and is now writing up his PhD thesis on clause linkage in Jejuan, an endangered language of South Korea. Other areas of interest include verbal valency, politeness morphology, prosody, syntax and discourse structure, issues in descriptive linguistics, language documentation and revitalisation, as well as anthropological approaches to language ideology and attitudes.

PhD Research

After my MA dissertation on languages attitudes on Jeju Island seen from an ethnographic perspective, I obtained a doctoral scholarship by the AHRC in order to embark on my PhD in Linguistics, which initially dealt with multiverb constructions in Jejuan spoken in Jeju Province, South Korea. So far, it has grown to a syntactic-semantic investigation of clause linkage in the language more widely known as ‘Jeju dialect’ of the Korean language. This PhD research is accompanied by a documentation project funded by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme at SOAS where I am documenting Jejuan conversations. In the future, I hope to delve into other depths of Jejuan grammar, looking at its phonology, prosody or information structure or polite system, for example, and promote knowledge on this beautiful language.

Over time, I have increasingly become intrigued not only by the grammar of East Asian languages, but also by how language-ideological positions on language and dialect are developed, established, maintained and perpetuated by social actors. Both linguistically and anthropologically, I am therefore often drawn to the study of languages of areas where such conflicts are played out, such as Jejuan in South Korea, Catalan in Catalonia, Bernese Alemannic in Switzerland, Ordos Mongolian in Inner Mongolia, or the many languages of Germany, Italy and France.