Ko Yong-kun's Korean Linguistics Room


     I have written about 300 papers and published about 40 books  for  50 years since 1961. Most of them were written in Korean, about ten papers written in English and German. I selected the important books and translated the titles into English. The original titles are romanized with the contents shown under asterisk(*). I followed MacCune-Reischauer Romanization system. For the research papers, if they have  English and German versions or abstracts, I indicated them in brackets  after the titles.. However, I did not romanize the titles in Korean, but translated them only into English.


Recent Publications since 2004


1. Aufsätze/Papers

“On the Autonomy of the Morphological Component and its Relationship to other Components,” in Whither Morphology in the New Millennium, Seoul : Pagijong Press, 2006, pp. 21-52 (Presented at the 1st International Workshop on Morphology (28-29 November, 2003), University of Seoul, Seoul, South Korea).

“A Historical Study on Research of Tense-Aspect-Mood of Korean” (in Korean), The Past and Future of Research on Korean Language History, Thaehaksa., 2006.

      “Yi Kukngno's Social Thought and his Contribution to the Korean Language Movement,” Han'guk Inmulsa Yon'gu 5, pp. 325-397., 2006

“A Study on the Grammatical Positions of Noun Particles,” Dr. Sung-nyong.-Pioneer Of Korean Contemporary Linguistics, Thaehaksa, 2008, pp. 591-616. (in Korean)

A Korean German Contrastive Research of Verbal Valency—the different logical-semantic valency of synonymous verbs (with Kyung-uk and N. R. Wolf)- Language and Linguistics 35, 11-19.2005

„ Koreanisches literarisches Werken und Erzältes Tempus des Koreanischen,“ Kwanakoemunyeongu 33, 55-1, 2008

“A Study on Relationship between the Linguistic Typology and the Grammatical Description of Individual Languages”, Kwanakeomunyeonku 34, 147-89. 2009 (Korean with English Abstract)

“Perpektiven zur Forschung der Textwissenschaft” , Textlinguistik 33, 5-21, 2012 (auf mit koreanisch mit deutscher Zusammenfassung)

“A Study on Plural Markers of the Korean Pronouns and their Typological Characteristics,” Hyengthayron /Morphology,14.2, 171-83, 2012 (in Korean. with English abstract)

“Note of Linguistic Typology (1), Hyengthayron/Morphology 14, 91-105

-Special Reference to Word-class Typologyv-,Hengthayron/Morphology14.1,91-105, 2012 (in Korean)

A Study on Case-markers, Adpositions, and Particles, and in Korean and their typological Implication, Kuokak./Journal of Korean Linguistics 65, 2012, 74-108.

A Study of Korean Verbal Morphology and its Typological Implications, Hyengthayron/Morphology, 15.1, 2013, 1-34

„Natürlichkeitstheorie und Beschreibung der grammatischen Struktur,“—Notiz über die sprachlichen Typologie (2)- , Hengthayron/Morphology15.1,115-32, 2013.(auf koreanisch))

Argumentenstrukturen des Koreanischen und ihren typologischen Eigentümlichkeiten-Notiz über die sprachlichen Typologie, Hengthayron/Morphology 15.2., 2013 (auf koreanisch)

Zur Möglichkeit der Anwendung der Valenztheorie auf die syntaktischen Strukturen des Koreansichen und deren sprachtyologischen Implikationen Dohohak 29, 1-34 Koreanisch mit deutscher Zusammenfassung.

“A Review of The Korean Language”(1999), Studies in Korean Linguistics and Language Pedagogy-Festschrift for Ho-min Sohn, edited by Sung-Ock Sohn, Sungdai Cho,& Seok-Hoon You, Korea University Press, 2013.


          2. Bücher

A Study on Tense, Aspect and Mood in Groball Korean, Seoul: Thaehaksa (2004) (2007, Enlarged edition), pp.xiv+542(+543-575)

Morphology in the New Millennium (Coauthers), Seoul : Pagijong Press, 2006, pp. 318(Contributions of English and Korean)

Korean Literature Works and Text Analysis (Readings on Textgrammar in Korean)(Co-writers), Jipmundang. 2009.

Collection of a Century of Studies on Grammar in Korean(II) (Coeditor), Seoul: Pagijung, 2009. (25 volumes)

Die Aufrichtung und Entwicklung der .koreanischen Sprachwissenschaft, J&C, 2010

Tempus, Modus, und Aspekt i Mittelkoreanischen (4. Auflage), Jipmundang, 2011.

Textwissenschaft, 3. Auflage, Jipmundang, 2011

The Standard Grammar of Korean, Tower press (3rdedition)

The Standard Grammar of Korean, Paijung,, 2014 (4thedition)

A Comprehensive Grammar of Global Korean (in progress)

A Critical Comparison and Mordernization of Chusigyung’s National Grammars(co-auther) , Pagijung 2010.

Mordernization of Single Comparative Version of Chusigyung’s National Grammars, (co-auther) , Pagijung 2010.


1. Books(2001-)


A study of grammatical researches in North Korean and its application to language  life(in Korean), Seoul: Han'gugmunhwasa

   Preface/ script and orthography / pronunciation/ part of speech / vocabulary and  word-formation / morphology / syntax/ application of grammatical knowledge etc / conclusion

A study on defence and development of national language(in Korean), Seoul: J&C Preface

   part 1.  The development of national language and its philosophical basis

     The formation of practical language thought  and acceptance aspects of W. von

     Humboldt's language philosophy / Exploring the Philosophy of Unification  Language

   part 2

     The language thought of Yu, Gil-Jun and his social thought/ The research  society of national language in Enlightenment period and its popuralization  activities movements / 'Kugmun' and 'Hangul. its naming father/ Who is naming father of Hangul?

   part 3

     The standardization of national language and culture creation during Japanese  Imperialism/ The social thoght of Lee, Yun-Jae and his culture nationalism/  The social thoght of Lee, Kukno and and its cultural nationalism/The  standardization of national language-culture and basis construction of national  culture during Japanese Imperialism/ The defence movements of national language in Old Soviet Union

(co-auther) A contemporary grammar of national language(in Korean), Seoul: Jipmundang


   part 1 introduction

     grammar and grammar research/ some characteristics of Korean grammatical  phenomena 

   part 2 morphology

     morpheme analysis method and  grammatical units/ part of speech/ noun and its usage/ verbs and its usage/ modifying and independent words/ particles and  endings/principle of word fomations 

   part 3 syntax

     structure and constituents of sentence/ facts-related grammatical categories(negation, passive and ergative, causative)/ knowledge (belief) and  time-related categories(mood and modality, tense, aspect)/ human-related grammatical categories(honorifics and speech level) / expansion  sentence(conjunction, embedding), references, glossary, index

(Co-editors)Collection of a Century of Studies on Grammar in Korea 2nd Edition, Seoul: Paijong, 101 volumes.(1977~1986, 1st edition)

   Part 1: Korean Grammars written in Korean

   Part 2: (i) Korean Grammars written in foreign-languages

           (ii) Foreign-languages grammars written by Koreans

   Part 3: Writings on spelling(orthography), Koreanization, Romanization and the like topics

 In the second edition to be published, we have revised the bibliographical of the introduction of the first edition so as to meet the contemporary demands.

2004, Han'gukŏ-ŭi sije sŏbŏp tongjaksang(A study on tense, aspect and mood in  Korean) (It has an English absract at the end of the book)[PDF of English abstract]


     1. Introduction

     2. Basic discussions about tense, aspect, and mood

     3. Critical retrospects on researches on TAM of Modern Korean

     4. Morphological problems about Modern Korean TAM

     5. Function analysis of mood forms in Modern Korean

     6. Function analysis of tense forms in Modern Korean

     7. Function analysis of aspect forms in Modern Korean

     8. TAM system in Middle Korean and its historical changes

     9. TAM system in Korean dialects

    10. conclusion

  English summary



  Appendix: supplementary remarks about defective points in each chapter(2nd, 3rd supplementary edition, September 2004, September 2006)

2002(coauthor), Munbŏp-kwa text(grammar and text)--Festschrift in memory of  the retirement of Professor Yong-Kun Ko Collected Papers concerning relationship between grammar and text.

   Part I, Introduction

   Part II, Phonology and graphemics

   Part III, Morphology

   Part IV, Syntax and semantics

   Part V. Text science

2001, Han'guk-ŭi ŏnŏyŏn'gu(Collected papers on language studies in Korea), Yokrak.

  Part I

    1. Zur koreanischen traditionellen Sprachphilisophie und ihren modernen Transformationen.[PDF of German full paper].

    2. Die Srömungen der Sprachforschungen in Korea(Appendix of Korean  version)[PDF '2000' of German full paper].

    3, Yesterday and today of research about Chu si Kyong,  founder of Korean national linguistics

    4. A study of  Korean language standardization movement during The  Enlightenment Period

  Part II

    1. A study on foundation and development of Korean national linguistics

    2. Retrospect and perspective of national linguistics in South and North Korea

    3. Description object and recognition method of Korean  national linguistics

    4. A study on reception aspects of European linguistics in 1930's

  Part III

    1. Grammatical terms and grammatical system

    2. A unification version of normative(school) grammar in South and North Korean

    3. The value of 'Sŏktok Kugyul' from viewpoint of Korean language history

    4. A comparative study of phonological systems between Japanese and Korean


2001. Yŏkdae Han'gukmunbŏp-ŭi Thonghapjŏk Yŏn'gu(An integrated study on the Korean historical grammatical works), Seoul National University Press.


   1. A historical survey on Korean grammatical works during  the last century(enlarged version of chapter 1 in 1983)

   2. Stream and characteristics of grammatical studies in North Korea

   3. Research on national language grammars by Korean grammarians abroad

   4. History of national school grammar by Korean grammarians abroad

   Appendix: List of cited research works and references