T. Hendrik Kim
Carl Spitzweg - Poor Poet
Research interests

In a few words

Syntax, and its interaction with semantics and phonology

A small list of things I work(ed) on

  • the syntax of sentential negation
  • the relation between syntactic and prosodic constituency
  • control
  • logophoricity
  • the syntax and pragmatics of verb doubling (predicate cleft)
  • the syntax and semantics of degree modification
  • co-speech gestures, and their interaction with semantics and syntax

 

Manuscripts

Kim, Taehoon Hendrik. 2014. Subcomparative puzzle. Ms., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

 

Thesis

Kim, Taehoon Hendrik. 2017. An Experimental Study of Phonological Variation and Variation in Scope Judgments in Korean. UCLA MA thesis.

Korean speakers split into two groups regarding how they interpret a negative sentence with a quantified object, such as "The boy didn't eat every cookie" (Han et al. 2007). For a scenario in which a boy eats some but not all cookies, some speakers regard the sentence as a truthful description of the scenario, while other speakers do not. In other words, only the former accepts the wide scope reading of negation (the not>every reading). One hypothesis of this fact is that each group of speakers has a different grammar, where the distinction rests on whether the verb moves to T or not; this is Han et al.'s (2007) two-grammar hypothesis. Certain theories of the syntax-phonology interface (e.g. Samuels 2011) predict that the grammatical split should be accompanied by a phonological split. Specifically, the prediction is that the Post-Obstruent Tensing process in Korean for speakers who reject the not>every reading should be blocked from applying between the transitive verb and the object of a simple declarative sentence. A two-part experiment composed of a truth-value judgment task and a production task was conducted to test the prediction. The result reproduced the findings of Han et al. (2007) and showed that speakers' scope judgments have no notable correlation with the occurrence of Post-Obstruent Tensing. In the discussion, alternative theories of the syntax-phonology interface and problematic aspects of the two-grammar hypothesis are considered.

Kim, Taehoon Hendrik. 2015. On the Nature of Concessivity in Predicate Focus: A Study of Sigma in Korean Verb Doubling and English Verb Phrase Focus. Michigan State University MA thesis.

In this thesis, I propose that long form negation and contrastive verb doubling in Korean share the deep syntactic similarity owing to ΣP, and that this parallelism further extends to the analysis of VP focus in English.

 

Conference Publications

Kim, Taehoon. 2014. Degree Comparisons across Possible Worlds: Measure Phrase Modification with '-(i)na'. In Susumu Kuno et al, eds., Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics XV, 57-73. Hankuk Publishing Co, Seoul.

Kim, Taehoon. 2012. Semantics of Korean Multiple Nominative Constructions. In Bum-Sik Park, ed., Proceedings of the 14th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar: Three Factors and Syntactic Theory, 231-246. Hankuk Publishing Co, Seoul.

 

Conference Presentations

Kim, T. H. The relevance of logophoric conditions to the interpretation of the Korean anaphor caki. In: California Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) 9, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, October 21-22, 2016.

Kim, T. H., & C. Feldscher. Semantically-constrained gestures: A case study of English yay (yea). In: The Expression, Communication, and the Origins of Meaning Research Group (ECOM) workshop, "What’s the point?: Pointing and Gestural Communication," University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA, March 6-8, 2015.

Kim, T. The Korean Morpheme (i)na and Degree Modification of Measure Phrases. In: The 15th Harvard International Symposium on Korean Linguistics (ISOKL), Cambridge, MA, USA, August 3-4, 2013.

Kim, T. The Semantics of the 'ina'-construction under Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 7th annual Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium, Ithaca, NY, USA, April 20–21, 2013.

Kim, T. The Semantics of ina in Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 15th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF), East Lansing, MI, USA, April 12, 2013.

Kim, T. The Role of Expectation in Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 3rd annual Great Lakes Expo for Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL), East Lansing, MI, USA, April 6, 2013.

Kim, T. The Semantics of ina in Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 4th annual Michigan State Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (MSULC), East Lansing, MI, USA, April 5, 2013.

Kim, T. The Role of Expectation in Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 8th Annual Symposium of the Purdue Linguistics Association, West Lafayette, IN, USA, March 29–30, 2013.

Kim, T. The Role of Expectation in Degree Modification of Measure Phrases in Korean. In: The 6th Annual Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCON), Toronto, ON, Canada, March 1–3, 2013.

Kim, T. Reduplication Effects in Semantics. In: The 4th Ottawa Conference for Linguistics Undergraduates, Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 1, 2012.

Kim, T. How does distributivity induce emphasis? In: The Semantics Workshops of the American Midwest and Prairies (SWAMP) 2012, East Lansing, MI, USA, October 27, 2012. [Abstract] [Handout]

Kim, T. Semantics of Korean Degree Delimiters. In: The 22nd Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan, October 12–14, 2012.

Kim, T. Semantics of Korean Multiple Nominative Constructions. In: The 14th Seoul International Conference on Generative Grammar (SICOGG), Seoul, South Korea, August 6–9, 2012.