James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching across the university community on issues related to Korea. Endowed by a generous gift from Mr. James Joo-Jin Kim in 2011, the Program (originally established in 1997 as Center for Korean Studies) advises the university on Korea-related initiatives, sponsors conferences and lectures by invited speakers, awards grants to faculty members and students, hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, and undertakes community outreach effort toward a better understanding of Korea.
|April 14, 2015
Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs; Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures
Korean Honorifics and Changing Language Protocol
Korean is a typologically unusual “honorific” language. Radical transformation in Korean society over the past century has resulted in a significant change in the Korean honorific system, which is tightly related to social organization. Linguistic protocol (LP), like that for any other human behavior, reflects the cultural norm of a speech community to maintain proper human relationships, and honorific forms can intentionally or unintentionally be manipulated to express particular affective meanings, often bringing in significant structural adjustment in the language. The change in Korean honorifics seems to indicate that Korean culture has been changing from a ritualistic, formalistic one to one in which interpersonal behavior is more frequently governed by individual character, manners, and emotions. This lecture will focus on the politeness strategies that have created various honorific markings and continue to affect the Korean linguistic protocol. Of particular interest are “panmal,” literally meaning ‘half speech,’ gendered language use, and “overdosing” of the subject-honorific form.
Biography: Young-Key Kim-Renaud, PhD
Dr. Young-Key Kim-Renaud is Professor of Korean Language and Culture and International Affairs, previous chair (2002-2014) of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department, and a faculty member of the Linguistics Program at The George Washington University. She has recently returned from Nanjing, China, where she taught linguistics at Nanjing University as a visiting professor. She is the founder and current co-convener of the annual Hahn Moo-Sook Colloquium in the Korean Humanities series at GW, which will be holding its 23rd meeting in October 2015. 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 previous Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Korean Linguistics (2002-2014).Professor Kim-Renaud received a B.A. in English from Ewha Womans University; an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley; a graduate degree in French from Sorbonne, University of Paris; and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i.A theoretical linguist with a broad interest in the Korean humanities and Asian affairs, Dr. Kim-Renaud has published widely on Korean linguistics, the Korean writing system, language and society, language and politics, cross-cultural communications, Korean cultural history, and current affairs. Her publications include ten books: Korean Consonantal Phonology (Seoul: Pagoda Press, Hanshin Publishing); Studies in Korean Linguistics (Seoul: Hanshin Publishing); The Korean Alphabet: Its History and Structure (U. of Hawai‘i Press); Theoretical Issues in Korean Linguistics (Stanford: CSLI); Studies in Korean Syntax and Semantics by Susumu Kuno et al., Seoul: Pagijong Press); King Sejong the Great: The Light of 15th-Century Korea (Washington, DC: ICKL, translated into Korean [Sin’gumunhwasa] and German [Edition Peperkorn]); Creative Women of Korea: The Fifteenth through the Twentieth Centuries (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe); And So Flows History (University of Hawai‘i Press); a Festschrift in Honor of Jin-Heung Kim (Seoul: Life and Dream Book Publishing Co.); and Korean: An Essential Grammar (London: Routledge). She has edited several issues of the journal Korean Linguistics, and published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.Professor Kim-Renaud has received numerous individual research awards and grants, including three Fulbright awards. She has also obtained program and institutional grants for GW from funding agencies in Korea and the U.S. She has organized major academic conferences and cultural events, e.g., an international conference on Korean linguistics; a symposium on the Korean writing system; an exhibition on King Sejong and the Korean science and humanities of his era; Korean film festivals, including (one on behalf of 22 US colleges); kayagum concerts; and a taekwondo ballet performance. Dr. Kim-Renaud has helped raise five endowment funds in Korean studies at GW and is leading a campaign currently underway for an endowment fund to create a faculty position in Korean language and literature/humanities at GW. As a Korean language and culture and international affairs expert, Dr. Kim-Renaud has testified in U.S. courts and has been interviewed by U.S. and Korean media outlets including NPR, the New York Times, and the Washington Post in the U.S., and KBS, MBC, and Segye Times in Korea.Professor Kim-Renaud was inducted into two honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta, and she was elected to the Cosmos Club in 2000. In 2002, some thirty colleagues from all around the world contributed articles for a Festschrift dedicated to her entitled Pathways into Korean Language and Culture: Essays in Honor of Young-Key Kim-Renaud. In 2003, she received the Global Korea Award (GKA) from the Council on Korean Studies at Michigan State University. On Korean Alphabet Day, October 9, 2006, Dr. Kim-Renaud received the Republic of Korea Order of Cultural Merit, Jade Class for her life-time contribution to the advancement of Korean language and culture. In 2008 she was chosen as the winner of a Bichumi Grand Award by the Samsung Life Foundation in Korea as the Woman of the Year for Public Service. In 2012, she won the “New Writer of the Year Award” from the Korean Literary Society of Washington. Dr. Kim-Renaud was elected President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) and Vice President of the Washington Korean American Forum (WKAF) in 2013.
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