A Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University in 2001, Miok Pak is Assistant Professor of Korean Linguistics and Language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. Before coming to George Washington University, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Georgetown University working on a NSF project on clause types with Profs. Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini. She has a number of publications on the topics of syntax-semantics interface including clause types, agreement and sentence final particles in Korean, speech style and politeness in Korean, interpretation of the subject in jussive clause types.
With strong background in syntax and syntax/semantics interface, her most recent research topics include interpretation of addressee of the reported discourse context in embedded imperative, honorifics and politeness in imperative clauses, representation of politeness in syntax and semantics, syntacticization of the relation between the speaker and addresses, and speech style particles in Korean. She has presented at various workshops and conferences on these research topics. She also team taught at the 2015 LSA Summer Institute (at University of Chicago), a prestigious summer institute in linguistics, a course titled "The syntax and semantics of discourse oriented features: The grammar of speaker and addressee" Focusing on data from Korean, the main topic of this course was grammatical representation of discourse participants with a particular focus on encoding addressee in the subject of root and embedded imperatives.
She is currently working on a book project on the honorifics and politeness in Korean culture. On the pedagogy front, she recently published a textbook on Business Korean with Young-Key Kim-Renaud.