Dr Jieun Kiaer

Senior Research Fellow and Tutor in Oriental Studies

Associate Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics

Oriental Studies

Jieun was an undergraduate and graduate student at Seoul National University where she studied Linguistics. She received her PhD in 2007 from King’s College London.

Undergraduate teaching 

Jieun lectures in the Oriental Studies Faculty on Korean Grammar; the History and Structure of Korean; Language and Identity; Introduction on Korean Linguistics. She also lectures on Empirical Syntax in the Faculty for Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.

Postgraduate teaching 

Jieun supervises research students within Korean language and linguistics, in the Oriental Studies Faculty and in the Faculty for Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics.


-Theoretical linguistics:
Syntax/prosody interface, expressive semantics, pragmatics, particle functional grammar

-Applied linguistics:
Translanguaging, bi/multilingualism, language acquisition, translation studies, intercultural communication, heritage language learning

-Korean and East Asian Linguistics



2012 (with J. Shin and J.Cha) The Sounds of Korean, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

2012. (with J. Yeon and L.Brown) The Routledge Intermediate Korean Reader, Routledge, UK.

2014. Pragmatic Syntax, Bloomsbury, UK.

2014. The History of English Loanwords in Korean, Lincom Europa, Germany.

2014. The lives of Anglo-Korean Words (in Korean), Pakijung, Seoul, Korea. [written in Korean]

2014. The Old Korean Poetry, Lincom Europa, Germany.

2014. Jeju Language: Tales from the Edge of the Korean Peninsula, Lincom Europa, Germany.

2015. (with H. Flint) Start Korean Hodder & Stoughton. UK.

2017. The Routledge Course in Korean Translation, Routledge, UK.

(forthcoming) Translingual words: an East Asian lexical encounter with English, Routledge, UK.

(forthcoming) (with H.Flint), Total Korean, Hodder & Stoughton. UK.

(under contract) (with Jennifer Guest and Amy Xiofan Li) Between Visibility and Invisibility: Translation and Translators in East Asia, Routledge, UK.

(under contract) (with Jessica Morgan, Naya Choi, Julie Dearden) Young Children’s Foreign Language Anxiety: South Korea in Focus, Multilingual matters, Bristol, UK.


2008. (with Ruth Kempson and Ronnie Cann) 'Periphery effects and the dynamics of tree growth'. In B Shaer, P Cook, W Frey and C Maienborn (eds.) Dislocation: syntactic, semantic and discourse perspectives.Routledge, pp. 141-170.

2008. (with Ruth Kempson) Processing Left Peripheral NPI in Korean: At the Syntax, Semantics and Phonology Interface, 16th Japanese/Korean Linguistics, edited by Takubo, Y, CSLI, University of Chicago, pp.372-391.

2009, (with Ruth Kempson), Japanese scrambling: the dynamics of on-line processing. Chapter 1 of Hoshi. H (ed.). The Dynamics and Mechanism of Language: Perspectives from Linguistics and Cognitive Neuroscience pp. 5-45. Kuroshio Press: Tokyo

2010, (with Ruth Kempson), Multiple long-distance scrambling: Syntax as reflections of processing. Journal of Linguistics, 46, pp 127-192

2010, On the Meaning and Distribution of TUL in Korean: Evidence from Corpora. Language Research 46.2, pp. 257-272.

2010, Multiple –ka Construction and Performance-Grammar Correspondence, Proceedings of Second European Conference in Korean Linguistics, Lincom Europa, pp. 114-125.

2011, Word Order Variation in Korean, in Kempson, R., Gregoromichelaki, E. and Howes, C. (eds) . The Dynamics of Lexical Interfaces. CSLI Publications, pp. 165-204.

2012, Non-accidental word-order variation in Korean and Its Implications Towards Grammar, published in the Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics, Lincom Europa.

2017, (with Anna Bordilovskaya): Hybrid English words in Korean and Japanese: a strange brew or an asset for global English?, Asian Englishes, DOI:10.1080/13488678.2016.1278116.