SELECTED Downloadable Papers


To appear: Two types of denominal predicates in Korean and theories of morphology-syntax interface

            Paper argues that current architectures of morphology-syntax interface are inadequate to deal with the behavior of two classes of denominal predicative suffixes in Korean. To appear in Jieun Kiaer and Jaehoon Yeon eds. Selected Papers from the Second European Conference on Korean Linguistics. Lincom Europa


2010:   Dominant language influence in acquisition and attrition of binding

Paper co-authored with Ji-Hye Kim and Silvina Montrul, where we investigate early and late bilinguals of Korean with respect to their judgments on properties of binding. The findings show that early bilinguals (L1 attriters) pattern differently from late bilinguals and monolinguals. In Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 13.1


2009:   Long-distance bound local anaphors in Korean: an empirical study of the Korean anaphor caki-casin

Paper co-authored with Ji-Hye Kim, where we investigate the long-distance ‘exempt’ binding of the local anaphor caki-casin using a grammaticality judgment and preferential interpretation task. We argue that caki-casin can be bound long-distance as a local anaphor. The findings also suggest that contrary to earlier belief local anaphors (such as caki-casin) in Korean may not violate TSC, and when they do, they function as exempt anaphors. In Lingua 119:733-755.


2009:   Binding interpretations of anaphors by heritage speakers of Korean

Paper co-authored with Ji-Hye Kim and Silvina Montrul, where we investigate the interpretations of binding of three Korean anaphors (caki, casin, caki-casin) by heritage speakers of Korean (early bilinguals), comparing them with late bilinguals and monolinguals. We argue for effects of transfer and incomplete acquisition in the grammar of heritage speakers. In Language Acquisition 16(1):3-35.


2009:   The distribution of subject properties in multiple subject constructions

            Paper argues that Multiple Subject Constructions possess multiple subjects and discusses the distribution of subject properties in MSCs and why they are distributed the way they are. Based on invited presentations at the 2006 Linguistic Society of Korea Summer International Conference (Seoul, Korea) and the 16th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (2006, Kyoto, Japan). In Y. Takubo, T. Kinuhata, S. Grzelak, and K. Nagai eds., Japanese/Korean Linguistics 16, pp. 64-83, CSLI: Stanford, CA.


2008:   An experimental syntactic study of binding of multiple anaphors in Korean

Paper co-authored with Ji-Hye Kim, which expands on the results of the Korean monolinguals reported in Kim, Montrul, Yoon (2009), with additional subjects and a more in-depth analysis. It argues that the bimodal distribution in the grammar of casin reflects an on-going change in Korean, and backs up the argument with data from the history of Bible translations. In Journal of Cognitive Science 9(1):1-30, Institute of Cognitive Science, Seoul National University.


2007:   Raising of Major Arguments in Korean and Japanese

Paper argues that Subject-to-Object Raising in Korean (and Japanese) targets embedded Major Subjects. The Major Subject raising analysis is compared to a base-generation (Prolepsis, Major Object) analysis and shown to be superior. In Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 25:615-653

 (Also in Bill Davies and Stan Dubinsky eds., New Horizons in the Grammar of Raising and Control, pp. 71-107, Springer Verlag).


2005:   Conjunction reduction and its consequences for noun phrase morphosyntax in Korean

            Paper co-authored with Wooseung Lee. Paper argues that apparent conjunction of case-marked NP with case-marked NP in Korean is not constituent coordination, but elliptical coordination and explores the consequences of the analysis for the morphosyntactic status of nominal particles, such as case-markers. In Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics-24, 379-387, John Alderete et. al. eds., Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project


2005:   Non-morphological determination of nominal particle ordering in Korean

            Paper argues that principles that govern the sequencing of nominal inflectional particles in Korean are syntactic in nature. In Clitic and Affix Combinations: Theoretical Perspectives, L. Heggie and F. Ordonez (eds), pp. 239-282, John Benjamins.


2004:   Non-nominative (Major) Subjects and Case Stacking in Korean

            Paper argues that Nominative case stacking in Korean should be reanalyzed as Nom-assignment to a non-nominative Major Subject. In P. Bhaskararao and K. V. Subbarao eds., Non-nominative Subjects, Volume 2, pp. 265-314, Amsterdam/Philadephia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.


1997:   Coordination Asymmetries

Paper responds to the position that takes –ko coordination to be subordination based on the asymmetry of marking and extraction from certain –ko coordinations. I argue that –ko is ambiguous between an adjunct marker and a conjunct marker and that when it functions as a conjunct marker, the structure is fully symmetrical, with respect to both morphosyntactic marking and extraction. In Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics, eds. S. Kuno et. al, Vol 7, 3-30.


1996:   Nominal Gerund Phrases in English as Phrasal Zero Derivations

Paper argues that nominal gerunds in English are derived by zero derivation (conversion) applying to phrases in syntax. In Linguistics Vol. 34, 329-356


1994:   Lexical integrity and the morphosyntax of verbal inflection in Korean verbal coordination

            Longer version of 1994: "Korean Inflection and Checking Theory," MIT Working Papers in Linguistics: The Morphology-Syntax Connection, C. Philip & H. Harley eds., Department of Linguistics, MIT, pp. 251-270.


1994:   Korean Verbal Inflection and Checking Theory

            Paper argues against checking-theoretic and head-movement based analyses of verbal inflections in Korean and defends an ad-phrasal affixation analysis. In MIT Working Papers in Linguistics: The Morphology-Syntax Connection, C. Philip and H. Harley eds., pp. 251-270, Department of Linguistics, MIT.


1992:   On the Composition of COMP and Parameters of V2

Paper argues for the decomposition of COMP into two categories and explores the consequences of the decomposition for analyses of symmetric vs. asymmetric V2. In Proceedings of WCCFL 10, Dawn Bates ed., pp.41-52, Stanford Linguistic Association.