Dr Narah Lee


School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 51445


Narah Lee is a Lecturer in Korean at the School of Languages and Cultures. She started teaching Korean at the Australian National University, where she obtained her PhD in linguistics and has been teaching the Korean language and culture at various levels and in different contexts. Her research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

Research Interests

  • Politeness in Korean lingusitics
    Age as a driving force of referential choice; Subject expression/omission in terms of showing respect/distance
  • Person reference
    Extensive use of kinship terms in Korean; Comparative study of kinship terms in Chinese, Japanese and Korean
  • Pragmatics
    Implicature; Politeness; Speech act
  • Discourse analysis
    Interpersonal interaction in the socio-cultural context of spoken Korean


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • Masters (Research), Sogang University
  • Bachelor, Sogang University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sogang University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.