Brittany Khedun-Burgoine


Hertford College


DPhil Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Korean)


Educational Background:

2018 - DPhil candidate in Oriental Studies (under the continued supervision of Prof. Jieun Kiaer)

AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership student

2017 - MSt in Korean Studies, University of Oxford. Distinction

Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship in Modern Korean Literature recepient

Thesis: The International K-Pop Fandom and Fandom Lexicon: The Globalisation of Korean Words Through Social Media

2016 - BA Chinese and Korean (language), School of Oriental and African Studies.

Research Interests:

My research looks at the linguistic and semiotic impact of K-pop on the global anglophone K-pop fandom. Using data collected from social media, my research explores how negotiation in online fandom spaces has led to the interactive resemiotisation of Korean words. My DPhil thesis explores how mixed Korean-English phrases such as "how do I make oppa sarang me?" are formed, and the ideological discourses that underpin the use of Korean words by global anglophone K-pop fans. This includes exploration of how by virtue of association with 'fangirls', Korean words can take on pejorative forms and meanings. My research predominantly focuses on Korean address and kinship terms, but I have also explored queer readings of skinship. My wider research interests include language on the internet, semiotics, and global forms of English.

Recent Publications and/or Conferences:

"Korean Wave in World Englishes." Khedun-Burgoine & Kiaer, Routledge (2023). 

"Translingual Words: An East Asian Lexical Encounter with English" (Chapter 3 written in collaboration) Kiaer, Routledge (2018).

"Constructing the 'Delulu Koreaboo'. Negative Fan Sentiment in the Global Anglophone K-Pop Fandom" conference presented at the 24th Sociolinguistics Symposium. University of Ghent, 2022.

"From Oppa to Oppar: Pejorative Connotations of Korean Kinship Terms in the K-Pop Fandom" conference paper presented at the 23rd Sociolinguistics Symposium. University of Hong Kong, 2021.

"Unnie, Onni or Eonni: How Speakers of World Englishes Mediate the Forms and Meanings of Korean Kinship Terms" conference paper presented at the 24th International Conference of the International Association of World Englishes. University of Limerick, 2019.

"Korean Kinship Terms in Queer English Language Fanfiction" conference paper presented at the 6th World Congress for Hallyu Studies. Kansai Gaidai University, 2018

"Translingual Words and Social Media: Are They Korean Words or English Words?" (with Kiaer) conference paper presented at the 12th International Conference of the Asian Association of Lexicography. Krabi, 2018

Brittany Khedun-Burgoine