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"The Making of the Korean Honorific System," with Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Part of the East-Asian Humanities Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW, Room 310
Washington, DC 20052


Korean is a typologically unusual “honorific” language. This lecture focuses on some universal politeness strategies that have shaped various honorific markings and continue to affect the Korean linguistic protocol (LP), which is governed by the social norm. Of particular interest are “panmal,” literally meaning ‘half speech,’ gendered language use, and “overdosing” of the subject-honorific form, all manifesting language change in progress.

Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud was the Chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, Professor of Korean language and Culture and International Affairs, and a faculty member of the Linguistics Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC until retiring in 2014. Before joining GW, Dr. Kim-Renaud served as Assistant Program Director for Linguistics at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In 1986-87, she taught at Harvard University as a visiting lecturer. She is past President of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics (ICKL) and has been the Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics, since 2002.



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