Dr Yuni Kim

Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Yuni Kim
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    +44 (0) 1206 872082

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    4.209, Colchester Campus



I am originally from the United States and came to the UK in 2009, where I was a lecturer at Manchester before moving to Essex in 2017. My research focuses on the phonological and morphological analysis of understudied languages and dialects. Some particular interests of mine are morphophonology, tone systems, subsegmental representations, phonetic description, inflection class systems, and patterns of allomorphy; as well as the broader enterprises of whole-language description and endangered language revitalisation. I work mainly on two Mesoamerican languages: Huave, an isolate (also the topic of my 2008 PhD thesis); and Amuzgo, from the Oto-Manguean family. Previously I did research on Fenno-Swedish dialects as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Helsinki, and I maintain an interest in Swedish and Finnish, alongside personal connections with Korean and Brazilian Portuguese. I have a side interest in ethnobotany as a crucial perspective on language and culture in traditional societies, and am currently pursuing a postgraduate qualification in Biological Recording through Manchester Metropolitan University.


  • AB summa cum laude Harvard University (2002)

  • PhD University of California, Berkeley (2008)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Language and Linguistics University of Essex ( 3/7/2017 - present )

Other academic

  • Lecturer, University of Manchester ( 1/1/2009 - 30/6/2017 )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Mesoamerican languages



Language description

Conferences and presentations

2017. Language tutorial on Huave. Linguistics Association of Great Britain Annual Meeting, University of Kent.

2017. Tonal markedness in Amuzgo phonology and morphology. Invited presentation at Markedness: Perspectives in Morphology and Phonology, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Teaching and supervision

  • Sounds (LG110)

  • Phonology (LG210)

  • Advanced Phonology (LG404)


Journal articles (7)

Kim, Y., A morphophonological parameter hierarchy for Amuzgo glottalization classes. Amerindia

Kim, Y., (2016). Vowel elision and the morphophonology of dominance in Aymara. Onomázein : Revista de Lingüística, Filología y Traducción. 33 (33), 367-384

Kim, Y., (2013). Estrategias de pasivización en la morfología verbal del huave. Amerindia. 37 (1), 273-298

Kim, Y., (2012). Stolz, Thomas, Cornelia Stroh & Aina Urdze. 2011. Total reduplication: The areal linguistics of a potential universal. Studies in Language. 36 (2), 440-448

Paster, M. and Kim, Y., (2011). Downstep in Tiriki. Linguistic Discovery. 9 (1)

Kim, Y., (2011). Mark Hale and Charles Reiss (2008). The phonological enterprise. Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. xii+292.. Phonology. 28 (02), 283-289

Kim, Y., (2010). Phonological and morphological conditions on affix order in Huave. Morphology. 20 (1), 133-163

Book chapters (3)

Kim, Y., (2016). Tonal overwriting and inflectional exponence in Amuzgo. In: Tone and Inflection New Facts and New Perspectives. Editors: Palancar, EL. and Léonard, JL., . Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. 199- 224. 3110452758. 9783110452754

Kim, Y., (2015). Mobile affixation within a modular approach to the morphology-phonology interface. In: Affix Ordering Across Languages and Frameworks. Editors: Manova, S., . Oxford University Press, USA. 111- 123. 0190210435. 9780190210434

Kim, Y., (2008). Liljendaldialektens fonologi i språkhistorisk belysning. In: Dialekt i östra Nyland: Fältarbete i Liljendal med omnejd. Editors: Palmén, H., Sandström, C. and Östman, J-O., . Nordica. 27- 36. 9521051809

Conferences (6)

Kim, Y. and Valdovinos, M., The interaction of laryngealized vowels, stress, and falling pitch in Mariteco Cora

Kim, Y., (2015). Edge-based prosodic mapping and the prefix-stem boundary in Huave

Kim, Y., (2011). Algunas evidencias sobre representaciones tonales en amuzgo de San Pedro Amuzgos

Kim, Y., (2009). Alternancias causativas y estructura de eventos en el huave de San Francisco del Mar

Kim, Y., (2006). Variation and Finnish influence in Finland-Swedish dialect intonation

Kim, Y., (2005). On the phonetics of unstressed /e/ in Stockholm Swedish and Finland Swedish

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4.209, Colchester Campus