Farewell Speech

First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Center for Area Studies at Gyeongsang National University for co-hosting SICOGG 22 this year.

I’d like to thank Professor Junghyoe Yoon, Professor Kwangho Lee, Professor Bora Kim, and Director Kyung Taek Chung of the Center for Area Studies at Gyeongsang National University for the efforts they have made to successfully prepare for this conference.

I also appreciate all the presenters for bringing up the latest issues in generative grammar and thus setting up the conference as a place of productive discussions and debate.

SICOGG has been hosted by the Korean Generative Grammar Circle since 1989, inviting leading linguists and thereby offering people a chance of a better understanding of linguistics. Due to current health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, this year’s SICOGG is taking place online as a virtual conference. So, it is the first time in its history that SICOGG is run online. The Organizing Committee was worried about possible technical problems with web conferencing platforms such as Webex and Zoom while the virtual conference was in progress, but so far it seems that there have not been any serious issues.

The conference this year featured four invited speakers: Professor Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine from the National University of Singapore, Professor Wei-Tien Dylan Tsai from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, Professor Hanjung Lee from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, and Professor Jungmee Lee from Seoul National University. I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to these invited speakers for their invaluable talks and discussions.

I am much indebted to the Organizing Committee, Dr. Michael Barrie, Dr. Rhanghyeyun Kim, Dr. Sungho Gyemyong Ahn, Dr. Dongwoo Park, Dr. Myung-Kwan Park, Dr. Tae Sik Kim, and Dr. Seungwan Ha for organizing this conference successfully. In addition, I express my deep gratitude to the Secretary General of the Korean Generative Grammar Circle, Junghyoe Yoon, for handling important and difficult administrative work related to this conference. Without their devoted efforts, the conference could not have been so successfully run.

I also express my heartful appreciation to anonymous reviewers of the submitted papers, the session chairs Dr. Michael Barrie, Dr. Kwangho Lee, Dr. Jaehoon Choi, and Dr. YongSuk Yoo, and the two volunteering students at Gyeongsang National University.

Last but not least, I would like to thank all the other participants in the conference for their interest, participation, and ardent discussion.

My special thanks go to the [Center for Korean Studies, Korea University], & [Center for Area Studies at Gyeongsang National University], which supported SICOGG 22 with substantial amount of fund.

As a truly international conference, I think SICOGG 22—where linguists from more than 10 different countries presented their papers—was a locus of discussion for the latest issues in generative grammar, helping to deepen our understanding of the syntax-pragmatics interface.

In closing, I’d like to invite you to participate in the poster presentations for SICOGG 22, which are scheduled for next week from Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21. We will give you more information about the poster presentations on the SICOGG 22 website.

See you again in Korea next year.

Thank you.

Jong Kun Lee
President of the Korean Generative Grammar Circle
August 14, 2020