Dr Kook-Hee Gil

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Room 3.21, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 20229
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-0229
Fax: +44 (0)114-222-8481

email : k.gil@sheffield.ac.uk


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 2004 and 2005 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.


I´ve been working 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.

Currently, I am working on how L2 learners acquire quantifiers such as negative polarity items any in English or wh-indeterminates in Korean. This research also extends to explore how the research findings can be implicated in language teaching. The latter kind of research has led to a number of special workshops at conferences such as AAAL (2011), GASLA (2013) such LAGB (2016). I am also one of lead members of NISSLL (Network for Interdisciplinary Study in Second Language Acquisition), and MiLL (Meaning in Language Learning). 


In the undergraduate programme, I teach and have taught Structure of English, Introduction to Linguistics, Syntax and Semantics. For the postgraduate programme, I mostly contribute to MA in Applied Linguistics, and I teach Introduction to Language and Linguistics, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Current Issues in Second Language Acquisition and Research Methods.


At the moment, I supervise on topics including L2 acquisition of article semantics and generics, and L2 acquisition of null arguments. I welcome PhD applications whose topics lie in L2 acquisition of syntax and semantics as well as in syntactic and semantic phenomenon aforementioned in the research section above.

  • Marsden. H., M. Whong, and K.-H. Gil (accepted) ‘What is in Mind and What’s in Textbook’ Studies in Second Language Acquisition.
  • Gil, K.-H., H. Marsden and G. Tsoulas (to appear) “Poverty of the Stimulus and Language Acquisition: from Ancient Philosophy to Neuroscience”, in C. Wright, T. Piske & M. Young-Scholten (eds.) Mind Matters in second language acquisition. Multilingual Matters.
  • Park, S. and K.-H. Gil (2016)‘POS and the effect of Input: the case of Generics in L2 English’ Proceedings of the 13h Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA2015), In Stringer, D., J. Garrett, B. Halloran and S. Mossman. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Pp.203-210
  • Whong, M., K.-H. Gil and H. Marsden (2014). Beyond paradigm: Second language acquisition and the language classroom. Second Language Research. 30(4): 551-568
  • Whong, M., H. Marsden and K.-H. Gil (2013) “How we can learn from acquisition: The acquisition-learning debate revisited”. In J. Cabrelil Amaro, T. Judy and D. Pascual y Cabo (eds.). Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA2013). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla.
  • Gil, K.-H. and G. Tsoulas (2013) “Features, concord and quantification”, In Gil, K.-H., S. Harlow and G. Tsoulas (eds.) Strategies of Quantification. Oxford:OUP pp.155-172.
  • Gil, K.-H. an H. Marsden (2013) “Existential quantifiers in second language acquisition: a feature reassembly account”. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism” 3(2):117-149
  • Tsoulas, G. and K.-H. Gil (2011) “Elucidating the notion of syntax-pragmatics interface”. In Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. 1(1) 104-107.
  • Gil, K-H., H. Marsden and M. Whong (2011) “L2 acquisition of any: negative evidence, negative implicature and negative L1 transfer”, In Gisela Granena et. al (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. pp. 29-39.
  • Gil, K.-H. (2011) “Scrambling Chains and Long-distance Anaphora”, Bjarke Frellisvig, Jieun Kiaer and Janick Wrona (eds.) Studies in Japanese and Korean Linguistics. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. pp.48-61
  • Gil, K.-H. and H. Marsden (2010) “Semantics before Syntax: L2 Knowledge of anyone by Korean speaking learners”, in Iverson, M, et. al. (eds.) Proceedings of the 2009 Mind/Context Divide Workshop. Pp. 40-51. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Projects
  • Gill, K. H. and G. Tsoulas (2009) “Quantification, The Nominal Mapping Parameter, and DP Structure in Korean and Japanese”, in Ginnakidou and Rathert (eds.) Quantification, Definiteness, and Nominaliztion, Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, pp.133-162, OUP: USA
  • Gill, K. H., S. Harlow and G. Tsoulas (2004) “Connectives, Indeterminates, and Quantificational Variability”, In Bonami, O. and Hofherr, P. C. (eds.) Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 5. pp. 75-88 CNR, Paris-7. (Also available at http://www.cssp.cnrs.fr/eiss6/index_en.html)
  • Gil, K. H. (2004) “Wh-Quantification in Korean, Japanese and Malayalam: A Comparative View”, York Papers in Linguistics Series 2, No. 1, University of York.