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Jin Hee Park

University Lecturer Korean

Dr. J.H. Park
+31 71 527 5755

My research themes are Korean syntax, critical discourse analysis, second language acquisition in Korean, and teaching Korean as a foreign language. My current research project aims to investigate how the discourse construction of inter-Korean summits in the South Korean press has diachronically changed by comparing news reports on each summit from two major news outlets, Chosun Ilbo and Hangyoreh Shinmun, reflecting liberal vs. conservative politics in South Korea. I practice learner-centered, task-based and process-based instruction in the teaching field in general because I believe that these approaches have currency in every level and in many different learning objectives.

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Fields of interest

  • Korean Linguistics
  • Clause linking in Korean
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language


My current research project is entitled Discourse Construction of Koreas’ Peace Talks - the Linguistic Representation of Inter-Korean Summits in South Korean Newspapers and attempts to identify salient discursive patterns and strategies of South Korean media in depicting inter-Korean summits, to describe how the discourse of the peace talks are diachronically constructed and to explain discursive changes in the context of fluctuations in inter-Korean relations.

To shed light on how the linguistic articulation, production and interpretation of discourse on the peace talks have developed corresponding to changes in inter-Korean relations, the project will compile a corpus of South Korean news reports on inter-Korean summits in 2000, 2007 and 2018, and carry out a corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis of the media portrayals of the peace talks. Critical discourse analysis is a widely adopted qualitative approach to investigate, reveal and clarify how social power and dominance (of media, in the present study) are inscribed in and mediated through linguistic representation. However, it requires considerable human input and its labour-intensive in-depth analysis is not feasible with large amounts of data. To overcome this limitation, the methods and tools of corpus linguistics will help to navigate the corpus, which comprises an extensive body of new articles related to the peace talks between the two Koreas, and to detect represen tative l exico-grammatical features which are utilised for the cumulative effects of media power.

Curriculum vitae

Ph.D. in Korean Linguistics, Sogang University, South Korea
MA in Korean Linguistics, Sogang University, South Korea
BA in Korean Language and Literature, Sogang University, South Korea

Grants and awards

Feb. 2014
Granted Certificate of Korean Language Teacher (Level 2), issued by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korea. (Certificate number: 13-23-162)

May. 2007
Granted Certificate of Korean Language Teacher (Level 3), issued by Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korea. (Certificate number: 07-31-209)

Mar. 2004 - Feb. 2006, Mar. 2001 - Aug. 2003
Granted Brain Korea 21 Scholarship (BK-21 Sogang-Ewha Linguistics Education- Research Project), Seoul, South Korea.

Sep. - Dec. 2002
Visiting student at Durham University, Durham, UK. (Supported by BK-21.)

University Lecturer Korean

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Korea


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