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Seongyeon Ko

Assistant Professor of Korean Language and Linguistics

Queens Hall, Room 345D
Phone: 718-997-5562

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Seoul National University
BA, Seoul National University


Seongyeon Ko supervises the Korean language program and serves as advisor for the East Asian Studies Major (Korean Area Track) and the Korean minor. He has developed and taught Korean at all levels, from beginning to advanced courses, as well as courses on the linguistic structure of Korean and other East Asian languages.


Professor Ko's primary research interests center around theoretical as well as historical phonology of Korean and its neighboring Northeast Asian languages. For example, his dissertation explores the role of retracted tongue root harmony in the development of a variety of modern vowel systems of the Korean, Mongolic, and Tungusic languages. He is also interested in fieldwork-based language documentation and description of the endangered languages spoken in Northeast Asia. He is currently finalizing his book manuscript based on his dissertation and preparing new books on Korean phonetics/phonology (co-authored) and Jeju Korean. He is also conducting acoustic studies of vowels in "Altaic" languages.​


 Office Information

Miryam Segal
Department Chair
Location: Queens Hall, Room 215
Phone: 718-997-5570
Fax: 718-997-5577

Faculty and Staff Information

Language Placement

Language Coordinators

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Summer 2016

Arabic: between 12 and 1:30pm
Queens Hall 245D

  • June 29
  • June 30
  • August 17
  • August 18

Hebrew: contact the Hebrew language coordinator at

Chinese: between 1 and 3pm
Queens Hall 345G

  • June 9  
  • June 16
  • July 21 
  • July 28
  • August 10 
  • August 24

Japanese:  between 12 and 1:30pm
Queens Hall 240 or as listed

  • June 15 - QH345E
  • June 29 - QH345E
  • July 13 - QH245C
  • July 27 - QH245C
  • August 3
  • August 10 
  • August 17
  • August 24 - QH245C

Korean: between 12 and 2pm
Queens Hall 345D

  • June 9
  • July 14
  • July 28
  • August 10
  • August 24

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