Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Prof James Hye Suk Yoon

Professor of Linguistics
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

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Research Interests

Syntax, morphology, morphosyntax, Korean, Japanese, second language/heritage language acquisition


  • Ph.D in Linguistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1989
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature, Seoul National University, 1980


Journal Articles

  • Yoon, James H. "Lexical integrity and suspended affixation in two types of denominal predicates in Korean." Glossa 2.1 (2017): <>.
  • "The on-line processing of Binding Principles in L2 acquisition: evidence from eye-tracking." Applied Psycholinguistics 36.6 (2015): 1317-1374.
  • Kim, Ji-Hye, Silvina Montrul, and James Yoon. "Dominant Language Influence in the Acquisition and Attrition of Binding: Interpretation of the Korean Reflexive 'caki'." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 13.1 (2010): 73-84.
  • Kim, Ji-Hye , Silvina Montrul, and James Yoon. "Binding Interpretations of anaphors by Korean Heritage Speakers." Language Acquisition 16.1 (2009): 3-35.
  • Kim, Ji-Hye, and James Yoon. "Long-Distance Bound Local Anaphors in Korean: An Empirical Study of the Korean Anaphor 'caki-casin'." Lingua 119 (2009): 733-755.
  • Montrul, Silvina, and James Yoon. "Putting Parameters in their Proper Place." Second Language Research 25.2 (2009): 287-307.
  • Kim, Ji-Hye, and James Yoon. "An Experimental Syntactic Study of the Binding of Multiple Anaphors in Korean." Journal of Cognitive Science 9.1 (2008): 1-30.
  • Yoon, James. "Raising of Major Arguments in Korean and Japanese." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 35.3 (2007): 615-653.

Book Contributions

  • Yoon, James. "Implications of Constraints on Null Constituents for Analyses of the Right Dislocation Construction." Japanese-Korean Linguistics, Vol 23. Ed. Mike Kenstowicz, Ted Levin, and Ryo Masuda. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2015.
  • Yoon, James. "Double Nominative and Double Accusative Constructions." The Handbook of Korean Linguistics. Ed. Lucien Brown and Jae Hoon Yeon. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Kim, Eunah, and Myeong Hyeon Kim. "An Experimental Investigation of On-line and Off-line Binding Properties of Korean Reflexives-the Evolving Grammar of Reflexives." Japanese-Korean Linguistics, Vol 22. Ed. M. Giriko, K. Kanzaki, N. Nagaya, and A. Takemura. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2014.
  • Yoon, James. "Roots vs. Words in Denominal Predicate Formation." Inquiries into Korean Linguistics IV. Ed. James Yoon, Yongsoon Kang, Jae-Young Han, and Chung-Kon Shi. Seoul: Thaehaksa, 2011. 223-266.
  • Yoon, James. "The Distribution of Subject Properties in Multiple Subject Constructions." Japanese-Korean Linguistics, Vol 16. Comp. T. Kinuhata, S. Grzelak, and K. Nagai. Ed. Y. Takubo. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2009. 64-83.
  • Yoon, James. "Non-morphological Determination of Nominal Affix Order in Korean." Clitic and Affix Combinations: Theoretical Perspectives. Ed. Lorie Heggie and Francisco Ordonez. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2005. 239-282.
  • Yoon, James. "Dual Lexical Categories and Inflectional Morphology." Morphology and the Web of Grammar: Essays in Memory of Steve G. Lapointe. Ed. P. Sells and O. Orgun. Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2005. 139-168.
  • Yoon, James. "Non-Nominative (Major) Subjects in Korean." Non-Nominative Subjects, Vol 2 (Vol 61 of Typological Studies in Language). Comp. K.V. Subbarao. Ed. P. Bhaskararao. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004. 265-314.