SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Jae Hoon Yeon

BA MA (Seoul National) PhD(London)
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Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Hyejin Jang, Developing intercultural competence through Korean language education: Conceptualisation, transformation and adaptation
  • 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


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


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Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Brown, Lucien and Yeon, Jaehoon (2016) Speed Up Your Korean: Strategies to Avoid Common Errors. Abingdon; New York: Routledge. (Speed Up Your Language Skills)

Yeon, Jaehoon and King, Ross and Kim, Jungsook and Baker, Don (2015) Advanced Korean (Includes Sino-Korean Companion workbook on CD-Rom). Tuttle Publishing Co.

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) Hankwuke kwumun yuhyenglon (A Typological Study on Korean Grammatical Constructions). 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 or Journal Volumes

Brown, Lucien and Yeon, Jaehoon, eds. (2015) The Handbook of Korean Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics)

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 (2015) 'Passives.' In: The Handbook of Korean Linguistics. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 116-136. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics)

Brown, Lucien and Yeon, Jaehoon (2015) 'Varieties of Contemporary Korean.' In: The Handbook of Korean Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 459-476. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics)

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.


Ahn, Dongzoon and Yeon, Jaehoon (2016) 'kososel tamlon uy kyepohak: wiliem sukhillentu <kotaysosel> uy yenkwusacek uyuy (Genealogy of the Discourse on Korean Traditional Novels: A Study on the Academic Significance of Professor W. E. Skillend's <Kodae Sosol>.' The Nammyonghak Study (The Journal of Nammyong Studies), 52. pp. 121-170.

Yeon, Jaehoon (2015) 'Yulep hankwuk.e kyoyuk uy cayngcem kwa kwacey (Issues and tasks in Korean Language Educations in Europe).' International Journal of Korean Language Education, 1 (2). pp. 1-32.

Chen, Xi and Yeon, Jaehoon (2015) 'A linguistic analysis of lying in negative evaluations: The speech act performance of Chinese learners of Korean.' Journal of Korean Language Education, 26. pp. 55-92.

An, Hyojin and Yeon, Jaehoon (2015) 'Error Classifications and Strategies to Avoid Common Errors: An analysis of Brown and Yeon's 'Speed Up Your Korean'.' International Journal of Korean Language Education, 1 (1). pp. 149-184.

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 (2013) 'Review of <Morphology of 20th Century Korean> (20 seyki wulimal uy hyengthaylon) by Huh Ung (1995/2000), Seoul: Sam Munhwasa. 1530pp.' Hyengthaylon [Morphology], 15 (2). pp. 266-283.

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.


Ju, Youkyung and Yeon, Jaehoon (2015) 'Linguistic Representation of Sewol Ferry Disaster: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Headlines from Two Korean Newspapers.' SOAS-AKS Working Papers (46). SOAS, Centre of Korean Studies: pp. 1-12.

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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