Young-mee Yu Cho is Associate Professor of Korean Language and Culture and author of Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation (1999) and coauthor of Integrated Korean (2000, 2001, 2010), the most popular Korean textbook series in the US. She served as President of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (www.aatk.org) for three years (2006-2009), and, as co-chair of the Korean National Standards Task Force, developed Standards for Korean Language Learning (2010, ACTFL). In addition, she co-organized the North American Workshop on Korean Literature (NAOKOL) with Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi of Chicago University between 2007-2010. Currently, she is working on her monograph, Korean Phonology and Morphology.
- Ph.D. Stanford University (Linguistics)
- B.A. Seoul National University (English Language and Literature)
Areas of Specialization
- First and Second Language Acquisition
- Syntax/Phonology Interface
- Korean and Japanese Linguistics
- Historical Linguistics
- Language Teaching
- Textbook Development
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
- “Laryngeal Contrast in Korean.” (2011) Companion to Phonology. Eds. Marc van Oostendorp, et. al. (Wiley-Blackwell).
- “A Historical Perspective on Nonderived Environment Blocking: the Case of the Korean Palatalization.” (2008) Eds. S. Inkelas and K. Hanson. The Nature of Word: Essays in Honor of Paul Kiparsky.
- “Melody, Rhythm, and Prosodic Structure in Linguistic Chants” (with M. Saiki) (2007) Eds. J. Grimshaw, et. al. Architectures, Rules and Preferences. (Stanford University), 431-445.
- “Semi-syllables and Exhaustive Syllabifications.'' (2003) (with T. King) Eds. C. Fery and R. van de Vivyer. The Syllable in Optimality Theory (Cambridge University Press) 183-222.
- “Diglossia in Korean Language and Literature: A Historical Perspective.” (Spring 2002) East Asia: An International Quarterly. 3-23.
- “Variation and Language Change in Optimality theory.” (1998) (with A. Anttila) Lingua. 104. 3 1-56.
- “A Lexical Account of Inflectional Suffixes in Korean.” (1995) (with P. Sells) Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
- “Inalterability as Prespecification,'' (1993) (with S. lnkelas) Language 69. 3.
Courses Taught or Developed
- Writing and Literacy in East Asia (01:214:310)
- Elementary Korean I (01:574:101)
- Elementary Korean II (01:574:102)
- Intermediate Korean I (01:574:201)
- Intermediate Korean II (01:574:202)
- Introduction to Korean Culture (01:574:210)
- Korean Literature in Translation I (01:574:220)
- Korean Literature in Translation II (01:574:220)
- Introduction to Korean Cinema and Cinematic Language (01:574:230)
- Korean Language in Culture and Society (01:574:250)
- Advanced Korean I (01:574:301)
- Advanced Korean II (01:574:302)
- Advanced Korean for Business I (01:574:303)
- Advanced Korean for Business II (01:574:304)
- Advanced Readings in Korean I (01:574:401)
- Advanced Readings in Korean II (01:574:402)
- Readings in Korean Literature (01:574:410)
- Independent Study in Korean I (01:574:495)
- Independent Study in Korean II (01:574:496)
- Honors in Korean (01:574:497)
- Honors in Korean (01:574:498)
- Graduate Seminar in Phonology [Linguistics Dept.] (01:615:525)
- Writing Systems of the World [Undergraduate Honors Seminar] (06:090:199)
Selected Awards and Distinctions
- Korea Foundation Grant for “Korean Studies Curricula in the Age of Multimedia Education.” (with A. Choi, K-H Choi and H-Y. Kim), 2003-2005
- Tuttle Language Grant for “Multi-faceted Approach to the Teaching of Korean Literature/Culture” (with K. Choi, K. Chun, and H. Kim), 2002-2003
- Research/Travel Grant, The Northeast Council, The Association of Asian Studies, 1999-2000
- Research Council Grant, Rutgers University, 1997-1998
- Mellon Fellowship, National Foreign Language Center, John's Hopkins University, 1994
- Fellowship, Summer Workshop on Curriculum Development, National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, 1993
- Awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant for “The Battle between Language and Music that Determines the Form of a Melody Pattern in Vocative Chant” (with M. Saiki, 2005-2007)
- Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Linguistics Program, Rutgers University
- Senior Advisor and Chief Examiner for Korean, Representative Chief Examiner for Asia/Pacific Languages. International Baccalaureate, Cardiff, England
- Executive Secretary, The American Association of Teachers of Korean
- Board Member, The International Association for Korean Language Education
- Linguistic Society of America
- The International Circle of Korean Linguistics
- Association for Asian Studies
- Linguistic Society of Korea
- The Modern Language Association
- Worked as the Conference Manager for the Mid Atlantic Region/Association of Asian Studies Conference (Oct. 2008) and organized MAR/AAS Teaching Asia Workshop at Rutgers University
- Organized “Workshop on the Korean Materials of William Elliot Griffis Collection at Rutgers University” (March 4, 2008) and coordinated the project of producing a detailed information document on the Korean Materials of the William Elliot Griffis Collection and its translation into English with Hui-gi Sim and Ann Choi (July 1, 2009)