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Mary Shin Kim

beautiful traditional architecture of temple at Gwangju, South Korea.
Associate Professor, Korean Language and LinguisticsMoore Hall 392
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Phone: (808) 956-2074
Fax: (808) 956-9515

I am an associate professor of Korean linguistics in the Department of EALL at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. My research focuses on investigating the intricate relationship between language and social interaction observed in everyday and institutional settings. Recipient of the 2017 College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Junior/Mid-Career Faculty Excellence in Scholarship & Research Award.

Educational Background

Ph.D.; University of California, Los Angeles, Asian Languages and Cultures

M.A.; University of California, Los Angeles, Asian Languages and Cultures

B.A.; Ewha Woman’s University,  Political Science

 Research Areas

  • Discourse-functional linguistics
  • Conversation analysis
  • Korean language pedagogy
  • Pragmatics

Selected Bibliography

Kim, M. S. (forthcoming). Negatively valenced questions with the Korean subject particle ka: Interactional practices for managing discrepancies in knowledge, understanding, or expectations. Journal of Pragmatics.

Kim, M. S. (2021). Interactional competence in Korean language. In S. Cho & J. Whitman (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Korean Language and Linguistics (pp. 800-831). Cambridge University Press.

H. Kim & Kim, M. S. (2020). Requesting here-and-now actions with two imperative formats in Korean interaction. In C. Taleghani-Nikazm, E. Betz, P. Golato (Eds.), Mobilizing Others: Grammar and Lexis within Larger Activities (pp. 19-46). John Benjamins.

Kim, M. S. (Ed.). (2020). Special Issue: Conversation Analysis for Korean Language Pedagogy. The Korean Language in America 24(1), Penn State University Press. 

Kim, M. S. (2020). Evidential markers as interactional resources in Korean conversation. In C. M. Lee and J. H. Park (Eds.) Evidentials and Modals (pp. 214-249). Brill.

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