Miok K. Pak

Assistant Professor of Korean Linguistics and Language
Rome Hall 466
Phone: 202-994-1804
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Korean linguistics, Syntax and semantics interface on the topics of clause types, interpretation of imperative subjects, speech styles, politeness, and honorifics

Miok D. Pak, Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University, is Assistant Professor of Korean Linguistics and Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the George Washington University. Before coming to George Washington University, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgetown University. She has a number of publications on the topics of syntax-semantics interface including clause types, agreement in Korean, and interpretation of the subject in jussive clause types. Her most recent research is on honorifics and politeness in imperative clauses.

Full CV available.

Current Research

Korean linguistics in the areas of clause types, especially imperatives, speech style particles and politeness in syntax and semantics 


Ph. D. in Linguistics, Georgetown University, Washington DC (2001)

MA in Linguistics, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, Korea (1991)


2017. Towards understanding the syntactic representation of honorifics in Korean, in Whitman, John and Lucien Brown (eds.), Honorific language and linguistic politeness in Korean,  Korean Linguistics17:2. 132-166. John Benjamins 

2012. A syntactic analysis of interpretive restrictions on imperative, promissive, and exhortative subjects Natural Language & Linguistic Theory: Volume 30, Issue 4 (2012), Page 1231-1274. (Springer Online DOI: 10.1007/s11049-012-9176-2) (co-authored with Raffaella Zanuttini and Paul Portner)

2011. Agreement in Korean Revisited. Yoon, James H.-S. et al (eds.) Inquiries into Korean Linguistics IV: 209-222. Thaehaksa. Seoul. (co-authored with Young-Key Kim-Renaud)

2008. Types of Clauses and Sentence End Particles in Korean. Kim-Renaud, Y.-K. et al. (eds.) Korean Linguistics 14:113-155. John Benjamins.

2008. Agreement in Promissive, Imperative, and Exhortative Clauses. Kim-Renaud, Y.-K. et al. (eds.) Korean Linguistics 14: 157-175. John Benjamins. (joint work with Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini)

2008. Agreement and the Subjects of Jussive Clauses in Korean. Elfner, Emily and Martin Walkow (eds.) Proceedings of 37th North East Linguistic Society, Vol. 2, 127-138. Amherst: GLSA (joint work with Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini)

2006. Agreement in Korean Syntax: A Case of Sentence Final Particles. Susumo Kuno et al. (eds.) Harvard International Symposium on Korean Linguistics XI: 548-561. Seoul. Hanshin. (Joint work with Kim-Renaud, Young-Key)

2006. Jussive Clauses and Agreement of Sentence Final Particles in Korean.  Vance, Tim and J. Kim (eds.), Japanese/Korean Conference 14: 295-306.

2005. Clause Typing in Imperatives: A Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Brandstetter, C. and D. Rus (eds.), Georgetown University Working Papers in Theoretical Linguistics. 135-152. (Joint work with Simon Mauck, Paul Portner, and Raffaella Zanuttini)

2004. Deriving Clause Types: Focusing on Korean. Proceedings of Linguistic Society of Korea 2004: 359-368. Yonsei Institute of Language and Information Studies. (Joint work with Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini)

2004. Syntax and Morphology of Temporal-Aspectual Constructions in Korean. Young-Key Kim Renaud (ed.), Korean Linguistics 14: 55-98. John Benjamins.

Classes Taught

Beginning Korea I

Beginning Korean II

Intermediate Korean I