Event — Conference

The First European Conference on Korean Linguistics

Conference Report by Dr Sang-Jik Rhee and Ms Marloes Rozing (Organizing Committee ECKL)

The First European Conference on Korean Linguistics was held from February 3 to 5 at Leiden University. Unlike most Conferences nowadays, the papers presented at this conference covered all of the areas of linguistics (writing system, phonology, syntax, semantics, text and corpus linguistics, acquisition and language teaching, historical development). Importantly, the papers were couched in various frameworks and theories (not only Generative Syntax and Formal Semantics, but also Constraint-based Grammar, Functional Linguistics, etc.) and based on a broad range of research methods. The organizing committee is pleased to conclude that the conference has presented a complete picture of the state of the are of Korean linguistics studies.
It was the first time a group of Korean linguistics researchers met in Leiden and the organizing committee was glad that not only Korean, but also many European participants attended the conference and presented their paper, making it indeed a European experience. Apart from formal analyses, descriptive analyses were also presented on which the participants could exchange their views in discussion. New research was presented and the participants are currently preparing their papers for the publication deadline of 15 April 2005.
The papers were of high quality and the conference brought together a good mix of scholars: young and old, a variety of topics (syntax, semantics, phonology, applied linguistics) and different theoretical perspectives.

Many participants have informed us that they learned a lot during the conference. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the programme was well organized and proceeded smoothly.

The conference achieved its main objective, namely stimulating research on Korean linguistics in Europe and contributing to network building between researchers from different backgrounds.
The organizing committee hopes that the conference will be followed up with another European Conference on Korean linguistics in the near future and that more participants will find their way to Europe and European Research of Korean language and culture.

The organizing committee would like to thank our sponsors, the Korea Research Foundation (KRF), the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies CNWS for supporting the conference. Without their support this conference would not have been possible.

The Programme of the First European Conference on Korean Linguistics

Thursday February 3, 2005
9:30 Opening Ceremony: Prof. W.A.L. Stokhof (Director, IIAS)
9:45 Announcements

Chair: Dr. Ann Denwood (Bogazici University/SOAS)

10:00 Keynote Speaker: Prof. S.-J. Chang (Seoul National University)

11:00 break

11:15 C. Lee (Seoul National University) & N. Özmen (Mersin University/Utrecht Universtiy): Imperfective aspect in Turkish and Korean: A comparison

11:45 Lunch at the Conference Venue, Rapenburg 73, Coffee room.

Chair: Dr. Ton van der Wouden (ULCL, Leiden University)

13:15 K.-H. Kim & J.-I. Kwon (Seoul National University): Korean particles in spoken discourse: a statistical analysis for the unification of grammar
13:45 J. Bak (University of Manitoba): Double accusative marking of possessor/possessee in Korean based on corpus study
14:15 C.-K. Kim (University of Liverpool): A cross-cultural comparison of Korean and English science popularisation texts in terms of textual interaction

14:45 break

Chair: Dr. Rint Sybesma (IIAS/ULCL, Leiden University)

15:00 J. Choi (University of Pennsylvania): Domain widening and free choice effect: Korean amwu-lato/wh-lato
15:30 O. Saden-Leicht (Utrecht University): A myth crushed: why Korean speakers do not have more processing resources than English speakers?

16:00 break

Chair: Dr. Rint Sybesma (IIAS/ULCL, Leiden University)

16:15 S. Knoob (SOAS, University of London): Who says there is no systematic reflexive in Korean: personal space, the proximity sphere and its pervasive reflection in Korean diathesis
16:45 E. Rudnitskaya (Institute of Oriental Studies, Moscow): The experiencer of stative psych predicate in Korean as a bearer of the prominent discourse role “the subject of a psychological state”
17:15 D. Jung (Korea University): Existential between copula, aspect and modality in Korean

18:15 ECKL Reception in the Academy Building hosted by His Excellency Keun Seop OHM, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Netherlands

Friday February 4

Chair: Dr. Jeroen van de Wijer (ULCL, Leiden University)

10:00 Keynote Speaker: Prof. M. Kenstowicz (MIT): Loanword Phonology: Korean and Beyond

11:00 break

11:15 E. Shin (UC Berkeley): Sonorant assimilation in Korean

11:45 Lunch at the Conference Venue, Rapenburg 73, Coffee Room.

Chair: Sang Jik Rhee (IIAS/ULCL, Leiden University)

13:15 R. Dormels (Universität Wien): An analysis of Hongmu-chongun-yokhun
13:45 T. Traulsen (Rhur University): The interplay of segments and suprasegmental in Middle Korean and its meaning for internal reconstruction
14:15 E. Kondratieva (Russian State University): Middle Korean final predication system and its change

14:45 break

Chair: Prof. Chungmin Lee (Seoul National University)

15:00 Y. Um (Wonkwang University): The antipode in the evolution of Korean passive and causative morphology: assimilation and dissimilation
15:30 H. Park (Keimyung University): Development of causative markers in Korean children
16:00 M.-J. Son (University of Delaware): Morphological passives and atypical argument structure realization in Korean

16:30 break

Chair: Prof. Suk-Jin Chang (Seoul National University): Constraint-based Unified Grammar: Korean Retrospectives

16:45 J. Choi & Y.-K. Joh (University of Pennsylvania): A centering analysis of Korean sentential conjunctions
17:15 K.-H. Gil (University of Sheffield) Numeral classifier constructions and scrambling in Korean

19:00 ECKL Dinner, at Restaurant ‘Het Prentenkabine’, Kloksteeg 25 in Leiden.

Meeting point for the ECKL Dinner:
Hotel de Doelen, Rapenburg 2 in Leiden
We will leave at the meeting point at 18.50.
Those not present are expected to come to the restaurant by themselves.

Saturday February 5

Chair: Dr. Nancy Kula (ULCL, Leiden University)

10:00 J. Kiaer & R. Kempson (King’s College London) On-line sentence processing in Korean: at the syntax-phonology interface
10:30 R. Vermeulen (University College London) External possession and (non-) affectedness
11:00 F. Mozzicato (Tokyo University of Foreign Stuidies): (u)l/ kes-ita as a future tense marker: a comparison of Korean (u)l kes-ita with the Italian future tense

11:45 lunch at Restaurant Oudt Leyden, Steenstraat 51 (ca. 10 minutes walk from conference venue)

Chair: Dr. Ann Denwood (Bogazici University/SOAS)

13:15 V. Kozhemyako (Far Eatern National University/HUFS) Computer assisted language learning for Korean
13:45 H.-S. Kim (University of Maryland) The UMUC web tycho Korean language and culture course
14:15 S.J. Kim (Keimyung Univesrity): Syllable structure and Korean language teaching.

15.00 End of Conference


The conference will be held at:
The University Council Room
Rapenburg 73


3-5 February 2005, Leiden, the Netherlands
We are pleased to announce that the First European Conference on Korean Linguistics (ECKL) will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from February 3-5, 2005.
We have received a total of 32 abstracts on various aspects of Korean linguistics.
Besides the main conference, we will devote a special workshop to ‘the Altaic Hypothesis: Korean in relation to other Altaic languages’.

First Europen Conference on Korean Linguistics
Call for papers:
The deadline for submitting abstracts has passed.
Notification of acceptance will be sent on 7 January 2005.
For more information, please contact the organizing committee at:

International Institute for Asian Studies
Sang Jik Rhee or Marloes Rozing
T +31-(0)71-527 2227
F +31-(0)71-527 4162