Dr Kook-Hee Gil
School of English
Reader in Applied Linguistics, Graduate Director of English Language and Linguistics
+44 114 222 0229
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My main research areas include syntax, semantics and second language acquisition.
After obtaining my BA in English Literature and Linguistics at Chungnam National University (Korea) in 1993, I came to the UK and completed all my postgraduate degrees at the University of Edinburgh: MSc in Applied Linguistics and in Speech and Language Processing in 1994 and 1995 respectively, followed by a PhD in 2000, with a thesis entitled "A formal account to Long-Distance Anaphora: the case of Korean" supervised by Ronnie Cann.
In 2001-2004, I worked as a research fellow for a AHRC funded project "Strategies of Quantification" at the University of York, before coming to Sheffield as a lecturer in Applied Linguistics in 2004.
- Research interests
My research areas are in Syntax, Semantics and Second Language Acquisition.
My most recent research concern L2 acquisition of (wh)-quantifiers (L2 Korean and L1 English/Japanese/Chinese), L2 acquisition of bare plurals and count/mass distinction, and classroom implications by Generative SLA research. The latter kind of research has led to a number of special workshops at conferences such as AAAL (2011), GASLA (2013) and LAGB (2016).
In the past, I worked on syntactic and semantic phenomena including binding, scrambling, topic/focus. (floating) quantifiers, classifiers and wh-indeterminates, also in Second Language Acquisition regarding those linguistic phenomena.
- Strategies of Quantification. Oxford: Oxford: OUP.
- Universal grammar and second language acquisition. Netherlands: Springer Netherlands.
- The meaning of negation in the second language classroom: evidence from any. Language Teaching Research, 23(2), 218-236. View this article in WRRO
- No fear of George Kinglsley Zipf: Language classroom, statistics and Universal Grammar. Instructed Second Language Acquisition, 2(2), 242-264. View this article in WRRO
- WHAT’S IN THE TEXTBOOK AND WHAT’S IN THE MIND: Polarity Item “Any” in Learner English. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 40(1), 91-118. View this article in WRRO
- Beyond paradigm: The ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of classroom research. Second Language Research, 30(4), 551-568.
- Existential quantifiers in L2 acquisition: A feature based account’. Linguistic Approaches to Bilinguiaism, 3, 117-149-117-149.
- Elucidating the notion of syntax-pragmatics interface. Linguistic Approaches to Bilinguiaism, 1.
- Distributivity and Quantification in Korean. York Papers in Linguistics Series, 2, 21-44-21-44.
- Wh Quantification in Korean, Japanese and Malayalam: A Comparative View. York Papers in Lingustics Series, 2.
- View this article in WRRO Poverty of Stimulus and Language Acquisition: from Ancient Philosophy to Neuroscience In Wright C, Piske T & Young-Scholten M (Ed.), Mind Matters (pp. 52-71). Multilingual Matters
- View this article in WRRO Introduction: Generative second language acquisition and language pedagogy In Whong M, Gil K-H & Marsden H (Ed.), Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom (pp. 1-13). Netherlands: Springer.
- Quantifiers: Form and Meaning in Second Language Development, Educational Linguistics (pp. 139-159). Springer Netherlands
- L2 Acquisition of Quantifiers In Whong M, Gil K-H & Marsden H (Ed.), Universal grammar and second language acquisition (pp. 139-160-139-160). Springer Netherlands
- Scrambling Chains and Long-distance Anaphors In Frellisvig B, Kiaer J & Wrona J (Ed.), Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics Lincom Europa
- L2 acquisition of any: negative evidence, negative implicatures and negative L1 transfer In Granena G, Koeth J, Lee-Ellis S, Lukyanchenko A, Botana GP & Rhoades E (Ed.), Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum: Reconsidering SLA Research, Dimensions, and Directions (pp. 29-39). Somerville MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project
- Quantification, The Nominal Mapping Parameter, and DP Structure in Korean and Japanese In Ginnakidou & Rathert (Ed.), Quantification, Definiteness, and Nominalization OUP: USA
- Quantification, the Nominal Mapping Parameter, and DP Structure in Korean and Japanese In Giannakidou & Rathert (Ed.), Quanfication, Definiteness, and Nominalization OUP: Oxford
- Peripheral Effects without Peripheral Syntax: The left periphery in Korean In David Adger CDC & Tsoulas G (Ed.), Syntactic Edges and Their Effects Kluwer Academic Publishers: Amsterdam
- Connectives, Indeterminates, and Quantificational Variability In Bonami O & Hofherr PC (Ed.), Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 5 CNRS, Paris-7
- Quantificational Variability and Crosslingusitic Semantics In Yoon H (Ed.), Generative Grammar in a Broader Perspective Hankook PUblishing Company: Seoul
- Conjunction, Disjunction and Quantificational Forces, Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics X Dept. of Linguistics, Harvard University
- Mind Matters In Wright C, Piske & Young-Scholten (Ed.), Mind Matters Multi Lingual Matters
- Features, concord and quantification In Gil K, Harlow S & Tsoulas G (Ed.), Strategies of Quantification Oxford: Oxford University Press
Conference proceedings papers
- View this article in WRRO POS and the Role of Input: The case of Generics in L2 English. Proceedings of the 13h Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA2015) (pp 203-210). Somerville, MA, 4 March 2015 - 6 March 2015.
- L2 acquisition of polarity items: the case of Korean-English interlanguage. Selected papers from the second European Conference on Korean Linguistics (pp 60-74)
- Semantics before Syntax: L2 knowledge of anyone by Korean speaking learners. Proceedings of the Mind-Context Divide Workshop (pp 40-51-40-51)
- Quantificational Variability and Crosslinguistic Semantics. Proceedings of the Seoul GLOW
- Connectives, Indeterminates, and Quantificational Variability. Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 5 (pp 75-88-75-88)
- Disjunction, Quantification and Free Choice. WeCoL 14
- Conjunction, Disjunction and Quantificational Forces. Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics X
- The Paradox of wh-na. Explorations in Korean Languages and Linguistics (pp 73-90-73-90)
- Remarks of Topic and Focus and the Syntax-Phonology Interface in Korean. Explorations in Korean Language and Linguistics (pp 91-106-91-106)
- On the Form and Meaning of Certain Korean Quantifiers
- Floating Quantifiers in Korean. Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics IX (pp 328-337-328-337)
- Rethinking Topicalisation and Caki-Binding. Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics VIII (pp 328-337-328-337)
- Long-distance Anaphora Conspiracy: The case of Korean. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Penn Linguistics Colloqium
- Word Order in Korean, Antisymmetry and Mirro Theory. The 11th International Conference on Korean Linguistics
- Topic and Binding. Proceedings of Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Long-Distance Anaphora in Korean: An HPSG account. Proceedings of Edinburgh Postgraduate Conference of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Research group
I welcome PhD applications whose topics lie in L2 acquisition of syntax and semantics as well as in syntactic and semantic phenomenon aforementioned in my research profile. I have supervised on topics including L2 acquisition of article semantics and generics, mass-count distinction and plurality, prosody transfer hypothesis and null arguments.
- Teaching activities
In the undergraduate programme, I teach Linguistic Theory, Semantics and Second Language Acquisition. For the postgraduate programme, I contribute to MA in Applied Linguistics and teach 'Introduction to Language and Linguistics', 'Introduction to Second Language Acquisition', 'Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition' and 'Research Methods'.