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Min-Joo Kim

Associate Professor

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Event Structure and Internally-Headed Relative Clauses


  • FY13 Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship in the Creative Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) award ($3000), Texas Tech. 2012.
  • Faculty Development Leave Award, Texas Tech. 2012.
  • President's Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award for Faculty (nominee), Texas Tech. 2012.
  • The Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant Award ($10,000). 2010.
  • Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching (nominee), Texas Tech. 2009



  • Event Structure and Internally-Headed Relative Clauses: A View from Korean and Japanese (author), Published by VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller, 244 pages, ISBN-10: 3639088611. 2008.
  • Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS): George Town University Meeting (co-editor with Uri Strauss), Published by GLSA, UMass-Amherst, 2 volumes. 2001.



  • To appear. "On the Position of Adnominal Adjectival Expressions in Korean." In C.-T. James Huang & F.-h. Liu eds., Peaches and Plums. Taipei, Taiwan: Academia Sinica.
  • To appear. Capturing the Non-optionality of Participial Codas in There-BE-Existentials. In E. Görgülü et al. eds., Proceedings of WECOL 2011, California State University-Fresno.
  • 2011 "The Imperfective Puzzle in Korean." 2010. In den Dekken and McClure eds., The Japanese/Korean Linguistics 18, CSLI, Stanford, CA.
  • 2011 The Meaning of Utterance-Final EVEN. Journal of English Linguistics/Sage Publications, 39(1), 36-64. (with Nathan Jahnke)
  • 2009  There-Existentials with Participial Codas and Theticity. In Young-Se Kang et al. eds., Current Issues in Linguistic Interfaces, Vol.1, 319-330, Seoul, Korea: Hankook Moonhwasa.
  • 2009 A Fresh Look at the Ambiguity Puzzle of KO ISS Imperfective in Korean. In Han et al. eds., 1st Simon Fraser University Working Papers: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on East Asian Linguistics.
  • 2009 "E-type Anaphora and Three Types of Kes-Construction in Korean." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 27(2).
  • 2008 Relevance of Grammar and Pragmatics to the Relevancy Condition. Language Research 44(1): 95-120.
  • 2008 Revisiting the Relevancy Condition on internally headed relatives in Korean. In Proceedings of International Conference on East Asian Linguistics, University of Toronto Working Papers 28, 137–157.
  • 2007 The effect of the speaker’s motivation on the interpretation of logical connectives. In Proceedings of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 1757, Nashville, TN. (with James German, Eyal Sagi, Stefan Kaufmann, Brady Clark)
  • 2007 Formal Linking in Internally Headed Relatives. Natural Language Semantics 15(4): 279-315.
  • 2007 Domain Restriction in Freedom of Choice: A View from Korean Indet-Na Items. In Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung 11, 375-389. (with Stefan Kaufmann)
  • 2007 Internally Headed Relatives Parallel Direct Perception Complements. In E. Hudson et al. eds., Japanese/Korean Linguistics 13, Stanford, CA: CSLI.
  • 2005/2006 Acquisition of an Adjunct Island inside There-Sentences. Journal of Cognitive Science 6(1): 73-95.
  • 2004 Internally Headed Relatives Instantiate Situation Subordination. In K. Moulton and M. Wolf eds., Proceedings of NELS 34, 333-344. Amherst, MA: GLSA publications.
  • 2004 The Genitive of Negation in Russian: Blocking of Case-licensing by Negation. In Mary Andronis et al. eds., Papers from the 38th Chicago Linguistic Society Meeting: Main Session, 345-360. Chicago, IL: CLS publications.
  • 2004 Three Types of Kes-Nominalization. In I.-H. Lee et al. eds., Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics 10, 479-492, Seoul, Korea: Hanshin Publishing Company.
  • 2003 Children's Sensitivity to Adjunct Islands inside There-Sentences. In B. Beachley et al. eds., Proceedings of the 27th Boston University Conference on Language Development, 425-436. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • 2003 The Genitive of Negation in Russian: a Relativized Minimality Account. In W. Browne et al. eds., Proceedings of the 11th Workshop of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics.
  • 2002 The Absence of Adjectives and Noun Modification in Korean. Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Korean Linguistics, Hankwuk Mwunhwasa: Seoul, Korea.
  • 2002 Does Korean have Adjectives? In T. Ionin et al. eds., MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 43, 71-89.
  • 1999 Implementing Group-work in the EFL Korean Secondary School Classroom Context: Focusing on Scenarios and Dramas. 1999. Studies in English Education 3(2), 173-186.




  • Revisiting the Result State Reading of "-Ko Iss-" Imperfective. Workshop on Tense and Aspect of Korean and Japanese. Seoul National University. (2012).
  • On the Status of Temporal Markers in Attributive Clauses in Korean. Workshop on Tense and Aspect of Korean and Japanese. Seoul National University. (2012).
  • On the Position of Adnominal Elements in Korean and DP structure. Korean Society of Language and Information Meeting. Daewoo Building, Seoul, Korea. (2012).
  • Presupposition and Implicature in Korean. Dept. of Applied Linguistics, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX. (2011).
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloquium, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX, "Adnominal Modification in Korean and DP structure," Regional. (February 2011).
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloquium, Department of Linguistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, "The Imperfective Puzzle in Korean," International, Peer Reviewed/Refereed. (June 22, 2010).Page 104
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloquium, Department of Linguistics & TESOL, University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, Texas, "The Variability of There-BE-Existentials with Participial Codas," Regional. (September 25, 2009).
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloquium, Seoul National University, South Korea, "Domain Restriction in Freedom of Choice: A View from Korean NWUKWU-NA Phrases," International. (2006).
  • Kim, M.-J., Kyoto University Korean Linguistics Circle Meeting, University of Kyoto, Japan, "Eventuality Type and the Interpretation of Internally Headed Relatives," International. (March 2006).
  • Kim, M.-J., Workshop on Current Issues in Formal Semantics, University of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, "Domain Restriction in Freedom of Choice: A View from Korean INDET-NA Items," International. (March 2006).
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloqium, University of Chicago, Dept of Linguistics, Chicago, IL, "What Do Korean Internally-Headed Relatives Tell us about Event Structure?," National, Published Elsewhere. (2005).
  • Kim, M.-J., Linguistics Colloquium, Northwestern Univeresity, Evanston, IL, "Internally-Headed Relatives as a Window into Event Structure," Regional, Published Elsewhere. (2005).
  • Kim, M.-J., Workshop on Head-Final Languages, Syracus University, Syracus, NY, "Formal Linking and Internally-Headed Relatives in Korean and Japanese," International, Published Elsewhere. (2005).