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Stefan Knoob, Ph.D.


Stefan Knoob, Ph.D.


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About Stefan Knoob

Stefan Knoob studied Korean Studies and Korean Linguistics at SOAS University of London (BA and PhD) and Korea University, Seoul (BA) and tought and conducted research into Korean Language at SOAS for over ten years. He is now Lecturer for Korean Language and Korean Studies at Heidelberg University.



Winter Semester 2014-15
•    Korean I (Beginners) - Main Course with Practice Classes
•    Korean III (Intermediate)
•    Social and Cultural Transformations in Modern Korea in Global and Transcultural Perspective (Advanced Seminar)

Summer Semester 2014
•    Korean Beginners II - Main Course with Practice Classes 
•    Korean IV (Intermediate)

Winter Semester 2013-14
•    Korean I (Beginners) - Main Course with Practice Classes 
•    Korean III (Intermediate)
•    Einführung in die Koreanische Gesellschaft und Kultur des 20. Jahrhunderts (Introduction to Korean Society and Culture in the 20th C, Advanced Seminar) 

Summer Semester 2013
•    Korean II (Beginners)
•    Korean IV (Intermediate)
•    Social Transformation(s) in the Koreas: 1950 – 2010 (Advanced Seminar)

Winter Semester 2012-13
•    Korean I (Beginners)
•    Korean III (Intermediate)
•    Einführung in die Koreanische Gesellschaft und Kultur des 20. Jahrhunderts (Introduction to Korean Society and Culture in the 20th C, Advanced Seminar)

Curriculum vitae

Stefan Knoob is Korea Foundation Lecturer in Korean Language and Korean Studies at Heidelberg University's Centre for East Asian Studies and Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context". In this capacity he is also the manager of the Korean Language and Studies programme at the university and managing director of the Korean Studies Working Group.
After a nomadic childhood spent in Pakistan, Sweden and Norway, Stefan Knoob returned to Germany to receive his secondary schooling. He then studied at Bonn University (Germany) and SOAS University of London and Korea University, Seoul. After receiving a B.A. Honours (First Class) in Korean Studies at SOAS, he continued to study there for a PhD in Korean Linguistics, conducting research into the way that the Korean grammar of event descriptions reflects particular conceptualisations of agency and causality that differ from those in other languages. 
Stefan Knoob began teaching Korean during his PhD study and has now taught Korean language professionally to both university students and working adults for nearly 20 years. He also spent over a year teaching languages to school children at secondary comprehensive schools in the UK, an experience that radically transformed his approach to adult and university language teaching. Language teaching remains his passion and he continues to experiment with new techniques after returning to teach at university, first in the UK and then in Germany.
Although his professional academic activity is concentrated on language teaching Stefan Knoob maintains a variety of interests in modern Korean economic, social and cultural sciences. He also continues to pursue research interests in Korean linguistics that include theoretical research into the cognitive linguistics of Korean as well as its application to language teaching.

Selected publications

PhD Thesis
2007. Animacy, agency and causality in Korean voice and diathesis: a cognitive-semiotic usage-based perspective. PhD thesis, University of London (SOAS).

•   2014 "HAVE, MUST, THANK YOU and friends. Some thoughts on what to teach European learners for lexical items in their languages that do not have easily recognisable equivalents in Korean". (5th EAKLE Workshop of the European Association for Korean Language Education. Venice, Italy)
•   2009. "Conditional constructions as expressions of DESIDERATIVE modalities in Korean and Japanese". Rivista degli Studi Orientali Nuova Serie 81, 387-405.
•   2008. "Conditional constructions as expressions of desiderative modality in Korean and
Japanese". (EPEL workshop "Comparative Studies of Korean and Japanese", Rome, Italy)
•   2007. "On the importance of animacy and agency effects  in the Korean diathesis system (SOAS-SNU Workshop on Korean Linguistics, London)
•   2005. "Who says there is no systematic reflexive in Korean?: personal space, the proximity sphere and its pervasive reflection in Korean diathesis" (1st European Conference on Korean Linguistics, Leiden, Netherlands)
•   2004. "Translation in a cognitively relativist universe: aspects of Korean and English translation in a cognitive semiotic perspective" (Conference "The Interface of Translation Studies and Language Sciences: The Case for Korean", Bonn, Germany)
•   2003. "Men, wind, fire, hammers and stones: symbol-reference confusion in the semantic role construct" (8th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, La Rioja, Spain)
•   2002. "Arguments for a new non-morphological approach to Korean Voice and Diathesis". 언어학 (Ŏnŏhak / Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea) 32, 61-96. Republished 2005 in Jaehoon Yeon (ed). Studies in Korean morpho-syntax: A functional-typological perspective. London: Saffron. 53-80.
Conference and Workshop Presentations
•   2001. "'He jump-enter-went to the house, raise-held the hammer,descend-struck his lover, and hit-killed her': a cognitive-semiotic approach to complex event construal in Korean". 20th Conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe AKSE, London)
•   2000/1999. "Towards a non-morphological account of Korean voice and diathesis" (12th International Conference on Korean linguistics, Praha. Earlier version at 19th Conference of the Association of Korean Studies in Europe, Hamburg, 1999)

Membership in Academic Associations
•    AKSE Association of Korean Studies in Europe
•    EAKLE European Association of Korean Language Education