I am an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics at Seoul National University. I received my PhD in 2018 from the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. My primary areas of interest are semantics, pragmatics, prosody, and sociolinguistics, as well as the intersections between the four areas. I am especially interested in investigating context-sensitive semantic and pragmatic phenomena using experimental methods, and examining their potential connections with complex interactional and social meanings.     [My CV]


Links to papers, bibtex info, and associated data/codes when applicable.

  • Jeong, Sunwoo and Yu, Seong-hyun. 2021. Identity construction through gendered terms of addresses in Korean. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2021). [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2021. Deriving politeness from an extended Lewisian model: The case of rising declaratives. Journal of Pragmatics. [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2020. Prosodically-conditioned Factive Inferences in Korean: An Experimental Study. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 30 (SALT 30). [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2020. Deriving dual dimensions of bias: Preposed negation questions with EVEN. Journal of Semantics. [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2020. The effect of prosody on veridicality inferences in Korean. In Maki Sakamoto, Naoaki Okazaki, Koji Mineshima, and Ken Satoh (eds.), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: JSAI-isAI 2019 Workshops, LENLS, Revised Selected Papers. [Paper] [Preprint] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2019. Preposed negation questions with strong NPIs. In Maggie Baird and Jonathan Pesetsky (eds.), Proceedings of the 49th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS 49). pp. 131-144. [Preprint] [Bibtex]

  • Condoravdi, Cleo, Jarvis, Rebecca, and Jeong, Sunwoo. 2019. Endorsement of inconsistent imperatives. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2019) [Paper] [Bibtex]

  • Hilton, Katherine and Jeong, Sunwoo. 2019. The role of context in sociolinguistic perception. Linguistic Vanguard 5: s1. [Paper] [Preprint] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2018. Intonation and sentence type conventions: Two types of rising declaratives. Journal of Semantics 35(2): 305-356. [Paper] [Preprint] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2018. QUD effects on Epistemic Containment Principle: An experimental study. In Uli Sauerland and Stephanie Solt (eds.), Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 22 (SuB 22). pp.487-504. [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2018. Causatives and inchoatives in Korean: A Unified Account. Proceedings of The 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (JK 25). [Paper] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo and Cleo Condoravdi. 2018. Imperatives and intonation: The case of the down-stepped level terminal contour. Proceedings of the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics 35 (WCCFL 35). [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo and Cleo Condoravdi. 2017. Imperatives with the calling contour. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 43 (BLS 43). [Preprint] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2017b. Iconization of sociolinguistic variables: The case of archetypal female characters in classic Hollywood cinema. In Dimensions of Iconicity. (eds.) Angelika Zirker, Matthias Bauer, Olga Fischer, and Christina Ljungberg. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 263-286. [Preprint] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo and Christopher Potts. 2016. Intonational sentence-type conventions for perlocutionary effects: An experimental investigation. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26 (SALT 26): 1-22. [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2016. Conventions in prosody for affective meanings: Non-canonical terminal contours in English polar interrogatives. Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016: 907-911. [Paper] [Data] [Bibtex]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2012. Directional asymmetry in nasalization: A perceptual account. Studies in Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology 18(3): 437-469. [Paper] [Bibtex]

Unpublished squibs and manuscripts.

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2015. The Effect of prosody and speaker voice information on the interpretation of hyperbole. Second Qualifying Paper, Stanford University. [Draft available upon request]

  • Jeong, Sunwoo. 2014. A Metrical Analysis of Quatrains in Emily Dickinson's Poems. Manuscript, Stanford University. [Draft available upon request]


Selected/recent talks. Consult the paper section for talks superseded with papers or proceedings. See [CV] for a full list of talks. Links to presentation materials when applicable.

  • Jeong, Sunwoo and Roelofsen, Floris. 2021. Focused NPIs and bias in questions. Biased Questions: Experimental Results & Theoretical Modeling. Workshop held at Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) February 4–5, 2021. [Handout] [Workshop repository]


Here are some topics and issues I have been investigating. Clicking on the citations will take you to the relevant papers.

Clause types, speech acts, and intonation

How do morphosyntactic features of clause types and intonation come together to produce nuanced context updates?

Factivity, veridicality, and prosody

How do prosody and focus come to have an effect on factive inferences across languages?

Biased questions, even, and negative polarity items

How do polar questions with certain expressions/constructions (preposed negation, even-type expressions, etc.) come to convey bias?

Social meaning

What are sociolinguistic variables and how do they come to convey meanings in interactions?


At Seoul National University (instructor)

  • Semantics
  • Experimental Linguistics
  • BA Thesis
  • Seminar in Experimental Linguistics:
    Semantics and Pragmatics

At Princeton University (instructor)

  • Intonation
  • Varieties of Meaning

At Stanford University (TA)


Open access corpora and resources I've been working on.

List of Korean sonorants

For use in creating stimuli for experiments on Korean intonation.

Meanings & Melodies Lab

Please contact me for more information.

Lab webpage

A list of ongoing projects.