Miok D. Pak

Miok Pak
Assistant Professor of Korean Linguistics and Language
Rome Hall 457
[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 received her PhD in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. Her research covers a wide variety of topics in syntax, semantics and pragmatics and their interfaces as well as pedagogy. She has recently published a book entitled “The Routledge Courses in Business Korean” (with Young-Key Kim-Renaud, Routledge 2019) and has a number of publications in major linguistics journals on the topics of clause types, interpretation of the subject in jussive clause types, speaker and addressee in syntax and semantics and agreement in Korean.

Current Research

Korean linguistics in the areas of honorific agreement, allocutivity, politeness, imperatives in syntax and semantics, and composition in Korean


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

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



2019. The Routledge Course in Business Korean (co-author Young-Key Kim-Renaud), Routledge.

Book Translation

2010. The Future: A road to unification of the Korean peninsula. An English translation of Kim, Young-Keum’s Korean original, entitled Hanbando Tongil-kwa Phyenghwa-lul wihan Pimanglok: Na-uy Kkwum, Apeci-uy Kkwum, Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.


2019. The speaker-addressee relation in imperatives. Tatiana Bondarenko, Colin Davis, Justin Colley, and Dmitry Privoznov (eds.), Proceedings of the 14th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL14): 219-238. MIT Press. (with Paul Portner, Raffaella Zanuttini)

2019. The speaker-addressee relation at the syntax-semantics interface. Language Vol 95:1, 1-36. (with Paul Portner, Raffaella Zanuttini)

2015. Toward understanding the syntactic representation of honorifics in Korean. Whitman, John and Lucien Brown (eds.), Honorific language and linguistic politeness in Korean. Korean Linguistics 17:2.132-166. John Benjamins.

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

2011. Agreement in Korean Revisited. David Silva (eds.) Inquiries into Korean Linguistics IV: 209-222. Thaehaksa. Seoul. (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.

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

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

Recent Conference Presentations

2020. “Person marking, status marking and three concepts of addressee”, presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual meeting, January 5, 2020.

2020. “Understanding Korean from cross-linguistic and cultural perspectives”, East Asia National Resource Center Spelman Program.

2019. “Person, politeness, and embedability of imperatives”, presented at the Workshop on Person and Perspective at USC (co-presentation with Raffaella Zanuttini)

“Why imperatives cannot (always) embed?” Invited talk at WAFL 14, MIT, October 21, 2018. (Co-presented with Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini)

2017. “Unified Approach to ~(u)l swu issta”, Presented at the 20th International Conference on Korean Linguistics, June 27, 2017 at University of Helsinki, Finland.

Classes Taught

Beginning Korea I

Beginning Korean II

Intermediate Korean I