SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Youkyung Ju

BA (Sookmyung), MSc (Edinburgh), PhD (SOAS)
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Dr Youkyung Ju
Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Senior Lector in Korean

Centre of Korean Studies

Academic Staff, Centre of Korean Studies

Dr Youkyung Ju
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Thursday 2-4pm


You-kyung was awarded a PhD in Korean Linguistics from the University of London, SOAS, in 2014. Her PhD thesis is focused on the applicability of typological universals of relative clauses, such as the Noun Phrase Accessibility Hierarchy (NPAH), to Korean as a first language (L1) and a second language (L2). You-kyung’s Primary research interests lie in Korean Applied Linguistics, L1 and L2 Korean acquisition, language typology, comparative aspects of grammar (Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English), and computer-assisted language experiments. She is particularly interested in L1 and L2 Korean speakers’ language processing and production and investigating those using psycholinguistic methods.

You-kyung is currently teaching Korean at SOAS and LSE and used to teach at King’s College London and the Korean Cultural Centre UK. She also worked as a researcher and an instructor for the project 'Play Korean! - teaching Korean using K-pop on YouTube, which is funded by the Korea Foundation. Prior to coming to SOAS, Youkyung taught Korean to foreign students at Sogang University in Korea. Additionally, she was the lead translator for a series of Sogang Korean textbooks, levels 1A to 3B.


  • Korean Applied Linguistics
  • L1 and L2 Korean acquisition
  • Language typology
  • Comparative aspects of grammar (Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English)
  • Computer-assisted language experiments