Sun-Hee Lee

Sun-Hee Lee
slee6@wellesley.edu
(781) 283-2427
East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Yonsei University; Ph.D., Ohio State University
Green Hall 234E

Sun-Hee Lee

Professor of Korean

Director of Korean program; focused on Korean language and culture, particularly corpus-based linguistic analysis and learner corpus research


I am an associate professor of Korean at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Since I arrived at Wellesley, I have had an honor to serve this wonderful community while building up the new Korean curriculum on campus. It has been a gratifying, humbling, and delightful experience to work with incredible students, faculty, and staff.  
 
In terms of research, I am a specialist in corpus linguistics, Korean grammar, and learner corpus research. The term 'corpus' refers to a database of "real world" texts or utterances; it is a collection of empirical language samples, such as spoken discourses from conversations, addresses, and lectures, and written texts including newspaper articles, essays, and academic texts. My work can be divided into two distinct data types: native language in context vs. learner language with errors. The corpus-based approaches are effectively used to identify meaningful language use and linguistic analysis of grammatical and discourse features. The methods and tools are also applicable for identifying error patterns and examining contrastive use between learners and native speakers. My goal is to apply effective corpus-based methods to resolve theoretically relevant issues and to explore the human mind and cultural behavior through language use in context. Whereas my research trajectory predominantly centered around grammatical properties, my recent research interests extend to genre and discourse analysis. I am currently working on a book on Korean anaphors and pronouns (written in Korean) and corpus-based projects including formulaic expressions, Korean learner corpus, and discourse analysis of media in South Korea (focusing on the North Korean defectors and issues of language and gender). In the long term, I would like to provide a comprehensive analysis of corpus-based Korean grammar while developing learner corpus research with large scale corpora and annotation. These two projects are closely connected because analysis of native linguistic usage serves as the basis for analysis of learner language.
 
I have taught Korean language courses at various levels and linguistics courses focusing on language use and culture, taught in English. In addition to language and culture courses (KOR 206: Introduction to Korean Culture and Language & KOR 256: Gender and Language in Modern Korean Culture), I developed a new capstone seminar course (EALC 345 Language, Nationalism, and Identify in East Asia). I also teach a new corpus linguistics course (LING 246/KOR246: Digital Language: Corpus Linguistics and Its Applications) in T4, 2021. As a teacher, my aim is to solidify fundamental knowledge and understanding in language and culture; to integrate comparative perspectives and cultural literacy; to guide students to become life-long learners with communicative competence, empathy, and self-reflection.
 
Along with the advancement of pedagogical innovation and technology, I have been collaborating with wonderful colleagues in Korean Program and other lprograms and departments at Wellesley for developing the online and offline resources of the Blended Learning and a cocurriculum connecting the community of language learning and residential life and various internship opportunities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Korean Program at Wellesley has launched new Global Language Buddy Programs in collaboration with Yonsei University and Konyang Cyber University in South Korea. Through these broad networks, I hope to connect Korean learners to the Korean culture, society, and beyond. 
 
I have also supervised my students for independent study, thesis research, and preparations for graduate study, which has enriched the quality of my intellctual and personal life as an educator. I am also a founding member of New England Association of College Korean Educators (NEACKE). 
 
In addition to professional activities, I enjoy hot yoga, HIT training, hiking, travelling, binge-watching movies/drama, and cooking. (Recently I became a big fan of K-Pop group SHINee 샤이니!)