Minju Kim, Ph.D.

Professor of Korean

Modern Languages and Literatures
Areas of Expertise:
Korean Linguistics

(909) 607-2503
Roberts North 216

Office Hours

Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 amThursday, 10:00 a.m - 11:00 am
  • Education
  • Research and Publications
B.A., M.A., Yonsei University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • "Korean General Extenders tunci ha and kena ha ‘or something’: Approximation, Hedging, and Pejorative Stance in Cross-linguistic Comparison,” Pragmatics, forthcoming.

  • “From Connective Construction to Final Particle: The Emergence of the Korean Disapproval Marker hakonun,Linguistics, forthcoming.

  • “Performing Gender in Korean: Language, Gender, and Social Change,” In John Whitman and Sungdai Cho (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Korean Linguistics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

  • “From Connective to Final Particle: Korean tunci “or” and Cross-Linguistic Comparisons”, Journal of Pragmatics, 135 (2018), 24-38.

  • “Emergent Multiplicities of Self- and Other-Construction in Korean Workplace-Based Television Dramas” co-authored with Susan Strauss, Journal of Pragmatics, 137 (2018), 19-36.

  • “When topic meets ‘And’: Development of conditional and prohibitive constructions in Korean,” Discourse and Cognition, 25:1 (2018), 1-30.

  • “Women’s Talk, Mothers’ Work: Korean Mothers’ Address Terms, Solidarity, and Power,” Discourse Studies, 17:5 (2015), 551-582.

  • “From Choice to Counter-Expectation: Semantic-Pragmatic Connections of the Korean Disjunctive, Concessive, and Scalar Focus Particle -na,Journal of Pragmatics, 80 (2015), 1-21.

  • Grammaticalization in Korean: the Evolution of the Existential Verb, Saffron Korean Linguistics Series 5, Saffron Books (London) in conjunction with the Centre of Korean Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2011).

  • “The Historical Development of the Korean Suffix –key,” In H. Sohn, H. Cook, W. O’Grady, L. Serafim, and S. Cheon (eds.), Japanese Korean Linguistics, 19 (2011). 435-448. Center for the Study of Language and Information/ Stanford University.

  • “On the Two Korean Sequential Connectives -kose and –konase,” In R. Fouser (ed.), Contemporary Korean Linguistics: International Perspectives, Seoul: Taehaksa (2010), 149-170.

  • “The Historical Development of Korean siph- "To Think" into Markers of Desire, Inference, and Similarity,” Journal of Pragmatics, 42:4 (2010), 1000-1016.

  • “The Intersection of the Perfective and Imperfective Domains: A Corpus-Based Study of the Grammaticalization of Korean Aspectual Markers,” Studies in Language, 33:1 (2009), 175-214.

  • “On the Semantic Derogation of Terms for Women in Korean, with Parallel Developments in Chinese and Japanese,” Korean Studies, University of Hawaii Press, 32 (2008), 148-176. 

  • “A Corpus-based Study of the Grammaticalization of ‘Take’ in Korean: Focusing on the Developmental Paths into Instrumental, Sequential, and Causal Functions,” Korean Journal of Linguistics, 33:3 (2008), 387-420.

  • “The Emergence of the Korean Modal -keyss-: From Causative to Epistemic and Volitive Modal,” Discourse and Cognition, 15:2 (2008), 1-27.

  • “The Diachronic Development of the Korean Existential Verb iss-,Korean Linguistics, 14 (2008), 91-111. 

  • “A Corpus-based Study of the Grammaticalization of the Korean Connectives mye and myense: From Simultaneous to Quotative to Hearsay Evidential,” In M. Hudson, P. Sells, and S. Jun (eds.), Japanese Korean Linguistics, 13 (2008), 335-345, Center for the Study of Language and Information/ Stanford University.

  • “On the Emergence of Korean Concessive myense: Focusing on the Grammaticalization of se,” In N. Akatsuka and S. Strauss (eds.), Japanese Korean Linguistics, 10 (2002), 265-278, Center for the Study of Language and Information/Stanford University.  

  • “Cross-Adaptation of Language between Different Genders: The Case of Korean Kinship Terms Hyeng and Enni,” In S. Wertheim, A. Bailey, and M. Corston-Oliver (eds.), Engendering Communication: Proceedings of the Fifth Berkeley Women and Language Conference,  1999, 271-283, Berkeley Women and Language Group at University of California, Berkeley.