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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

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

Faculty and Staff Information


Language Placement

Upcoming Language Placement Exams

Fall 2018

Arabic: Please ​contact Professor R. Shareah Taleghani, the Arabic language coordinator, ​at to schedule a placement exam. Upcoming exam dates:

  • October 15, 12 - 1:30 pm (QH 245D)
  • October 31, 4 - 6 pm (QH 245D)
  • November 15, 2 - 4 pm (QH 245D)
  • December 6, 4 - 6 pm (QH 245D)

Chinese: Please contact Professor Xiao Li, the Chinese language coordinator, at

Ancient Greek: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Ancient Greek language coordinator, at

Hebrew: Please contact Professor Deborah Gruber, the Hebrew language coordinator, at

Japanese: Please contact Professor Mari Fujimoto, the Japanese language coordinator, at

Korean: Please contact Professor Seongyeon Ko, the Korean language coordinator, at

Latin: Please contact Professor Nicholas Cross, the Latin language coordinator, at

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