Specialization

Theoretical Semantics, Pragmatics and their Interfaces

Specific topics

Definiteness/domain restriction, indefiniteness/specificity/anti-specificity, wh-indeterminates, plurality, pluractionality, count/mass nouns, (im)politeness, Information structure, Korean prosody, crosslinguistic research on East Asian and other languages

Dissertation

(In)definiteness, disjunction and anti-specificity in Korean: a study in the semantics-pragmatics interface (June 2015, University of Chicago)

Dissertation committee chair: Prof. Anastasia Giannakidou

Internal committee members: Prof. Itamar Francez, Prof. Ming Xiang

External committee member: Prof. Suwon Yoon

Manuscripts

Kang, Arum (2018) Marking definiteness in articleless language: The role of the contextual domain restrictor KU in Korean

Kang, Arum (2016) Anti-specific wh-indeterminates in Korean: referentially vague indefinite wh-inka [With Suwon Yoon]

Kang, Arum (in progress) From anti-specificity to anti-honorification: the conventional implicature of indirect referring in Korean disjunctive particle inka [With Suwon Yoon]

Kang, Arum (in progress) The scalar dimension of weak definites

Publications

Kang, Arum and Suwon Yoon (accepted)  From inquisitive disjunction to nonveridical equilibrium: modalized questions in KoreanLinguistics.

Kang, Arum (2018) “The scalar intensifier ku in Korean: The case of KUintensifier with anti-specific wh-indeterminates,” Language and Information 22.1: 75-91 (Doi: http://dx.org/10.20403/LI.22.1.4), The Korean Society for Language and Information.

Kang, Arum (2018) “Unexpectedness Effect: The Emphatic Determiner with Gradable NPs in Korean,” The Journal of Studies in Language 33.4: 595-615 (Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18627/jslg.33.4.201802.595), The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea.

Kang, Arum (2018) “The Anti-honorific Marker inka in Multi-dimensional Composition System,” Studies in Linguistics 46: 287-312 (Doi: http://doi.org/10.17002/sil..46.201801.287), The Joongwon Linguistic Society of Korea.

Kang, Arum (2017) “Epistemic constraint on the modal disjunctive particle in Korean: the condition of minimal variation and irrealis value on the anti-specific disjunction,” Korean Semantics 57: 49-72 (Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.19033/sks.2017.9.57.49), The Society of Korean Semantics.

Kang, Arum (2017) “The scalar dimension of Korean ku,” Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol. 24. ed. by Kenshi Funakoshi, Shigeto Kawahara, and Christopher D. Tancredi, Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Kang, Arum (2016) “On the semantics of Korean modalized question,” Proceedings of 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 2016), ed. by Jong C. Park and Jin-Woo Chung, pp. 477-484, Institute for the Study of Language and Information at Kyung Hee University: Hankookmunhwasa.

Kang, Arum and Suwon Yoon (2016) “Individual and propositional variation in disjunction: referentially vague indefinite and modalized question,” The Proceedings of 18th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 18). Seoul, Korea.

Kang, Arum and Suwon Yoon (2016) “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space in Korean,” The proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America Vol. 1 (2016), ed. by Patrick Farrell, 21: 1-15 (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v1i0.3723), Linguistic Society of America.

Kang, Arum (2016) “A novel wh-indeterminate in Korean: wh-inka as a marker of referential vagueness,” Japanese/Korean Linguistics, vol. 23. ed. by Michael Kenstowicz, Theodore Levin, and Ryo Masuda., pp. 183-196, Stanford: CSLI Publications.

Kang, Arum (2012) “Semantics and pragmatics of definiteness in Korean: the case of ku,” Proceedings of the eighth Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 8), ed. by Umut Ozge., pp. 187-198, Cambridge, MA: MITWPL.

Kang, Arum (2011) “On the Semantic Role of the Accented Phrase in Korean NP Coordination,” Proceedings of the 28th annual meeting of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 28), ed. by Mary Byram Washburn et al., pp. 294-302, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Edited Volumes:

2014 CLS 47. Vol 1.-Vol 2, Papers from the 47th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Vol 1: The Main Session, Vol 2: The Parasession: Experimental Methods in Linguistic Research. Co-edited with Carissa Abrego-Collier, Martina Martinovic, and Chieu Nguyen. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society

Conference presentations

2018 “Modalized question complementizers and their predicates in Korean: mood selection and subjectivity,” 20th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 20), Konkuk University, Korea. (Poster) [with Jieun Jeon]

2018 “Modalized question complementizers in Korean: subjunctive mood and nonveridicality,” the 2018 Silence Workshop/Linguistic Society of Korea (LSK) Conference, Kyung Hee University, Korea. [with Jieun Jeon]

2018 “The landscape of Korean KU: definiteness, miritivity and scalar intensification,” the 2018 Silence Workshop/Linguistic Society of Korea (LSK) Conference, Kyung Hee University, Korea.

2018 “Two types of Modalized Questions in Korean: nka-Q vs. ul-kka-Q,” the 2018 SNU International Conference on Linguistics, Seoul National University, Korea. [with Suwon Yoon]

2017 “On the dual function of Korean definite ku: contextual domain restrictor vs. scalar intensifier,” 19th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 19), Seoul National University, Korea. (Poster)

2016 “On the semantics of Korean modalized question,” The 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (PACLIC 30), Kyung Hee University, Korea. (Poster)

2016 “Disjunction as an epistemic modality: nonveridical equilibrium,” The 24th Japanese and Korean Linguistics Conference (J/K), NINJAL, Japan. (Poster) [with Suwon Yoon]

2016 “The scalar dimension of Korean ku,” The 24th Japanese and Korean Linguistics Conference (J/K), NINJAL, Japan.

2016 “Individual and propositional variation in disjunction: referentially vague indefinite and modalized question,” 18th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG 18), Sogang University, Korea. [with Suwon Yoon]

2016 “The scalar dimension of Korean ku,” The 12th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 12), Central Connecticut State University, USA.

2016 “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space: Referential vagueness marker inka vs. epistemic subjunctive marker nka in Korean,” Poster presented at Linguistic Society of America’s 90th Annual Meeting (LSA 2016), Washington, DC, USA. [with Suwon Yoon]

2015 “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space: Referential vagueness marker inka vs. epistemic subjunctive marker nka in Korean,” ICKL & Harvard-ISOKL 2015, University of Chicago, USA. [with Suwon Yoon]

2014 “Inka in yes/no and alternative questions: two types of disjunction,” Poster presented at MorphologyFest: Symposium on Morphological Complexity, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

2014 “Anti-specificity marking from Greek to Korean: referential vagueness vs. free choiceness,” 4th Annual Midwest Greek Linguistics Workshop, University of Chicago, USA.

2013 “A novel wh-indeterminate in Korean: wh-inka as a marker of referential vagueness,” Semantics Workshop of the American Midwest and Praries (SWAMP), University of Chicago, USA.

2013 “A novel wh-indeterminate in Korean: wh-inka as a marker of referential vagueness,” The 23th Japanese and Korean Linguistics Conference (J/K), MIT, USA.

2012 “Semantics and pragmatics of definiteness in Korean: the case of ku,” The 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (WAFL 8), the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

2012 “Definiteness in Korean: the semantic/pragmatic function of definiteness marker ku,” The 2012 Northwest Linguistics Conference (NWLC), University of Washington, USA.

2011 “The grammaticalization of plural marker tul in Korean,” 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (20th ICHL), Osaka, Japan.

2011 “Definiteness in the interpretation of Topic marker (n)un in Korean,” 14th Harvard International Symposium on Korean Linguistics (The Harvard ISOKL-2011), Harvard university, USA.

2010 “On the semantic role of the accentual phrase in Korean NP coordination,” 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 28), USC, USA.

2009 “On pluralizing event: plural marking event pluralizer tul in Korean,” Journee Semantique et Modelisation, Universite Paris dederot – Paris 7, Paris, France.

Honors and awards

Whiting Dissertation Year Fellowship, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago, USA. 2012-2013

University Unendowed Fellowship, University of Chicago, USA. 2007-2011

Government Fellowship, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Seoul, Korea. 2005-2006