Department of Latin American & Latino Studies

Dr. Keumsil Kim-Yoon


Office:   Atrium 235
Phone:   (973) 720-3041
Office Hours:   T 3:30-4:30pm, R 2-3pm, & by appointment

Department: Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Linguistics; Bilingualism; Cross-Cultural Pragmatics

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Academic Degrees 

Ph. D Linguistics, University of Paris III, France, 1984
MA  Linguistics, University of Paris III, France, 1974
BA  French language and literature, Ewha University, Seoul, Korea, 1972 

Courses Taught  

  • General Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Bilingual/ESL Field Research/Internship  
  • Asian-American Cross-cultural Communication
  • Sounds & Structure of the French Language
  • Many other graduate and undergraduate courses 


Published widely in refereed journals, book chapters, and collections (e.g. Applied Psycholinguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, International Review of Applied Linguistics, Pragmatics and Language Leaning, Journal of East and West Studies, Journal of National Bilingual Education, Japanese and Korean Linguistics.)    

Most recent:  

    • “Parameters on Languages in Contact: An Altered View of Code-switching”  in The Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics, Vol. 3. Korean (Eds. Chungmin Lee, Greg Simpson, and Youngjin Kim), Cambridge University Press, pp. 331-343.  2009
    • “English and Korean in Contact: New Words and Implication for Language Identity” in The International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 7, Issue 4, pp. 95-106. 2009 


Presented widely in refereed conferences (e.g. American Association of Applied Linguistics, Modern Language Association, World Congress of Applied Linguistics, International Pragmatics, TESOL Convention, and NABE Convention) and delivered numerous talks at the universities abroad (e.g. Ewha University, Seoul National University).     

Most recent:  

    • “Lexical Blending in Language Contact: A Study of Korean-English Hybrid Blends”  International Conference on Lexical Blending, Lyon, France, June 10, 2010
    • “English and Korean in Contact: New Words and Implication for Language Identity” 7th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Beijing, China, June,  2009  

Research in Progress 

  • Words, Thought, & Mode of Communication): Understanding a culture through its key conceptual words.  
  • Critical Inquiry in Bilingualism: American-Korean “Two-way” Perspectives
  • Korean-English Comparative and Contrastive Linguistics 

Major Service & Grant

  • Director:  Bilingual/ESL Graduate Program (1992-2004)
  • Chair:     Bilingual /ESL Annual Conference (1992-2005)
  •  Grant:    $ 1/2 million + funded by the US Dept. of Education (1987-1990)
  • Grant proposal team leader & evaluator: US Department of Education (1987-1999)