Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language (HIPCS)

(한양 음성·언어인지과학연구소)

Director: Taehong Cho

#104, College of Humanities, Hanyang University, Seoul (133-791), Korea
Tel: +82-2-2220-2507



  • Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language(HIPCS), formerly "The Institute for Performative Humanities" established in 2005, was newly re-established in the College of Humanities at Hanyang University in 2017, with a new name as part of an effort to promote the Hanyang University Specializing Projects for linguistic and interdisciplinary aspects of phonetics and cognitive sciences of language.

  • The main research areas of HIPCS are experimental phonetics, laboratory phonology, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, L1 and L2 acquisitions. Current research topics of HIPCS include prosody-phonetics interface in speech production and comprehension, articulatory dynamics in spoken language, spoken word recognition, sentence processing, and neurolinguistic aspects of morphological processess and L1/L2 learning. 

  • HIPCS has two laboratories:
    • Hanyang Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Lab: which houses a speech recording studio, two speech perception studios, and 11 PCs for data recording and analyses; the state-of-the-art experimental facilities such as Electro-Magnetic Articulography (EMA) for articulatory movement tracking and Eye Link II for eye movement tracking.
    • Brain, Language and Learning Lab (lab director: Dr. Say Young Kim) which houses a state of art EEG/ERP system.  

The People



    • Prof. Taehong Cho (Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hanyang U.) (Director)
    • Prof. Sahyang Kim (Hongik Univ.) (Project leader, Affiliated member)
    • Prof. Holger Mitterer (University of Malta) (Project leader, Affiliated member)
    • Prof. Sayyoung Kim (Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hanyang U.) (Lab Director of Brain, Language & Learning Laboratory)
    • Prof. Minjung Son (Affiliated member, Hannam Univ.)


    • Dr. Hyechung Lee (Coordinator, Hanyang U.)
    • Dr. Suyeon Im (Hanyang U.)


    • Hongmei Li (Graduate Student)
    • Jungyun Seo (Graduate Student)
    • Hyunjung Joo (Graduate Student)
    • Ziqian Du (Graduate Student)



The Sound Recording Studio

The Sound Recording Studio
    • The sound recording studio has a professional sound-proof booth and a control room for acoustic data collection. The booth is equipped with a professional microphone (SHURE), which is connected to a portable high-definition stereo audio recorder (Tascam HD-P2) in the control room.

  • A PC in the control room is mainly used for data transfer and on-the-spot acoustic data analyses, for which softwares such as PRAAT and MultiSpeech are used.

Dual 3D Electromagnetic Articulograph (EMA, Carsten AG501 & AG501 Twin)

AG 501
AG 501 Twin
  • Electromagnetic Articulograph (EMA, Carsten AG501) is used to investigate kinematic aspects of articulation.

  • EMA consists of microscopic sensor coils (which are attached to a subject’s articulators such as the tongue, the jaw, and the lips) and a control computer.

  • EMA system converts the voltage variation generated in the electromagnetic field between the transmitters and the sensor coils into measurable numeric values, with which the articulatory movement can be examined. The control computer displays the movement of the articulators in real time, which enables experimenters to measure and analyze vertical and horizontal articulatory movements in mid-sagittal dimension inside the vocal tract. In addition, the coordination between articulatory movements and their corresponding acoustic waves can be investigated with this system.
  • The Articulograph AG501 Twin offers the same features as the AG501 but includes an alternating frequency.  In combination with the AG 501, it allows the simultaneous recording of the subject.

Light-weight Head-mounted Eye Tracker (EyeLink II, SR Research)

Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA, Carsten AG200)

  • The eye tracker is a high-tech research device with great speed and precision for measuring eye positions and eye movements in various visual settings such as scene perception and reading. In the field of psycholinguistics, eye movements have been considered to provide significant implications on the language-based cognitive processes: how human-beings perceive and comprehend the sounds, meanings, and structures of language.
  • HPPL has an EyeLink II, which is a light-weight head-mounted system by SR Research Ltd. The EyeLink II system consists of three miniature cameras (two eye cameras and one scene camera) mounted on a headband. Eye cameras, which locate and track the center of the pupil and the corneal reflection, allow binocular eye tracking or easy selection of the subject’s dominant eye without any mechanical reconfiguration. In addition, the scene camera permits a researcher to conduct experiments using real-world tangible objects.

Speech Perception Studio

Electromagnetic Articulography (EMA, Carsten AG200)
  • The perception studio has two perception rooms, each of which is equipped with a PC, a headphone, and a button box. Each PC is installed with softwares such as NESU (Nijmegen Experiment Setup), SuperLab, and E-prime that help researchers to perform speech perception experiments and analyze behavioral data.

Equipments for aerodynamic measures (oral-nasal pressure/flow) and Electroglottograph

  • In addition, other necessary hardwares and softwares are in house.