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Professor of Korean Linguistics, University of Oxford

Jieun Kiaer is the YBM-KF Professor of Korean Linguistics at the University of Oxford’s Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Faculty. Her research encompasses Asian linguistics, focusing on marginalized languages, and multimodal linguistics, including gesture studies. She also investigates the impact of AI on linguistic justice and diversity, with a specific emphasis on minoritized and under-resourced languages.

As a linguist, pragmatist, and specialist in Asian studies, Professor Kiaer has published extensively in theoretical and applied linguistics as well as translation studies. Her work transcends traditional Western, text-centric approaches to language, embracing non-European and multi-modal perspectives to offer a more nuanced understanding of human communication. Her recent publications include Lessons from a Translingual Romance (Palgrave Macmillian 2023) Emoji Speak (Bloomsbury, 2023 June) and The Future of Syntax (Bloomsbury, 2023).


  • –present
    Professor of Korean Linguistics, University of Oxford


  • 2007 
    King's College London , PhD/Linguistics