Prof. Taehong Cho
Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hanyang U.
Research interestPhonetics, Laboratory Phonology, Speech Production, Speech Perception, Korean



Taehong Cho
 is Professor of Linguistics (HYU Distinguished Research Fellow) at the Department of English Language, Hanyang University. He is Director of HIPCS and Convergence Research Center for Articulatory DB and Cognitive Sciences. He received his PhD in Linguistics at UCLA in 2001, and subsequently worked as Scientific Staff Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) for 4 years until he joined the faculty of Hanyang University (Seoul) in 2005. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Phonetics (Elsevier, SSCI), Book Series Editor for Studies in Laboratory Phonology and Editorial Board Member of Laboratory Phonology (SSCI). He has also served as Secretary of Association for Laboratory Phonology (2020-2024). He was the laureate of HYU Distinguished Research Award in 2016 and was designated as Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) in 2018. He is PI of a government funded pure research project “Dynamics of speech production and perception of the 21st century Korean and the globalization of Korean through articulatory DB construction” for 2021-2027 (grant: 1,800,000,000 KRW, about 1,500,000 USD, supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the National Research Foundation of Korea).


Selected Publications 

Cho, Taehong (2022). The phonetics-prosody interface and prosodic strengthening in Korean. In S. Cho and J. Whitman (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Korean Linguistics (pp. 248-293). Cambridge University Press.

Cho, Taehong & Doris Mücke (2020). Articulatory Measures of Prosody. In C. Gussenhoven and A. Chen (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody (pp. 16-38). Oxford University Press

Cho, Taehong, D.H. Whalen &Gerald Docherty. (2019). Voice onset time and beyond: Exploring laryngeal contrast in 19 languages. Journal of Phonetics, 72, 52-65. DOI: 

Mitterer, Holger, Sahyang Kim & Taehong Cho (2019). The glottal stop between segmental and suprasegmental processing: The case of Maltese. Journal of Memory and Language (JML), 108, 104034, 1-19.  DOI:

Cho, Taehong (2002) The Effects of Prosody on Articulation in EnglishRoutledge.  

Cho, Taehong and Peter Ladefoged (1999) Variation and universals in VOT: evidence from 18 languages. Journal of Phonetics, 27, 207-229.


Prof. Sahyang Kim

Dept. of English Education, Hongik University
Associate Director
Senior project leader


Research interestPhonetics, L1/L2 Speech Production and Perception


Sahyang Kim is a Professor in the Department of English Education at Hongik University, Seoul. She is an affiliated member at HIPCS and a Co-PI of a research project “Dynamics of speech production and perception of the 21st century Korean and the globalization of Korean through articulatory DB construction”.   She received her PhD in Linguistics at UCLA in 2004. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Wayne State University for two years and moved to her current position at Hongik University in 2006. She has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Language and Speech since 2018.

Selected Publications

Kim, Sahyang, Mitterer, H., & Cho, T. (2018). A time course of prosodic modulation in phonological inferencing: The case of Korean post-obstruent tensing. Plos One, 13(8): e0202912, 1-28. 

Mitterer, H., Cho, T. & Kim, Sahyang (2016). How does prosody influence speech categorization? Journal of Phonetics, 54, 68-79.

Kim, Sahyang & Cho, T. (2013). Prosodic boundary information modulates phonetic categorization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134(1), EL19-EL25. 

Kim, Sahyang, Broersma, M., & Cho, T. (2012). The use of prosodic cues in processing an unfamiliar language. Studies in Second Language Acquisition34(3), 415-444. 

Kim, Sahyang & Cho, T. (2009). The use of phrase-level prosodic information in lexical segmentation: Evidence from word-spotting experiments in Korean. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(5) 3373-3386.


Prof. Sang-Im Lee-Kim

Dept. of Chinese Language and Literature, Hanyang University
Project leader at HIPCS


Research interestLaboratory Phonology, Phonetics, Second Language Acquisition, Chinese Linguistics


Sang-Im Lee-Kim is an associate professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Hanyang University. She received a PhD in Linguistics at New York University in 2014 and subsequently took teaching/research positions at UMass, Amherst and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining Hanyang, she worked as an assistant/associate professor at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Her recent research focuses on topics in language variation and change and second language acquisition. 

Selected Publications

Lee-Kim, Sang-Im and Yun-Chieh Chou (2022). Unmerging the sibilant merger among speakers of Taiwan Mandarin. Laboratory Phonology, 13(1), 10.

Lee-Kim, Sang-Im
 (2021). Development of Mandarin tones and segments by Korean learners: from naïve listeners to novice learners. Journal of Phonetics 86, 101036.

Lee-Kim, Sang-Im (2020). Stop laryngeal distinctions driven by contrastive effects of neighboring tones. Language and Speech 64(1), 98−122.

Lee-Kim, Sang-Im (2014). Revisiting Mandarin “apical vowels”: An articulatory and acoustic study. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 44(3), 261−282. 

Lee-Kim, Sang-Im, Lisa Davidson, & Sangjin Hwang (2013). Morphological effects on the darkness of English intervocalic /l/. Laboratory Phonology 4(2), 475−511. 



Prof. Holger Mitterer

Dept. of Cognitive Science, University of Malta
Adjunct professor at HIPCS, project leader

Research interestCognitive Science, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics


Holger Mitterer is a Professor at the Department of Cognitive Science at the University of Malta. He received his PhD from the University in Maastricht from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience in 2003, which was awarded with a “cum laude” distinction. After his PhD, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) where he worked for nine years in the Language Comprehension group headed by Prof. Anne Cutler. From there, he moved to his current position at the University of Malta. He held visiting lectureships at the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 2014 and the University of Gent (Belgium) in 2022. He served as a treasurer for the Dutch Association for Brain and Cognition (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Psychonomie) from 2009 till 2012, was an associate Editor at the journal Laboratory Phonology from 2013 till 2018, and since 2018 is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Language and Speech.

Selected publications

Mitterer, H., Eger, N. A., & Reinisch, E. (2020). My English sounds better than yours: Second-language learners perceive their own accent as better than that of their peers. PLOS ONE15(2), e0227643.

Mitterer, H., & Ernestus, M. (2006). Listeners recover /t/s that speakers lenite: Evidence from /t/-lenition in Dutch. Journal of Phonetics34, 73103.

Mitterer, H., Kim, S., & Cho, T. (2013). Compensation for complete assimilation in speech perception: The case of Korean labial-to-velar assimilation. Journal of Memory and Language.

Mitterer, H., & McQueen, J. M. (2009). Foreign Subtitles Help but Native-Language Subtitles Harm Foreign Speech Perception. PLoS ONE4(11), e7785.

Mitterer, H., Reinisch, E., & McQueen, J. M. (2018). Allophones, not phonemes in spoken-word recognition. Journal of Memory and Language98(Supplement C), 7792.



Prof. Say Young Kim
Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hanyang U.
Lab Director of NeuroCognition of Language Lab.

Research interest: Psycho/Neurolinguistics, Bilingual/Second Language Processing, Morphological Processing



Say Young Kim is a professor of experimental linguistics at Hanyang University. He received his PhD from University of Maryland at College Park, and was subsequently awarded postdoctoral fellowships from Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore. His central research interest is in the cognitive science of reading and language. This research spans the nature of reading processes and second language learning with multiple methods in behavioral, functional magnetic resonance (fMRI), and event-related potentials (ERPs). His research projects are mainly funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. At HYU, he received an early career research award in 2019, and currently directs the NeuroCognition of Language Lab equipped with a 32-channel Neuroscan system for EEG/ERP studies.


Selected Publications
Kim, S. Y., Liu, L., Liu, L., & Cao, F. (2020). Neural representational similarity between L1 and L2 in spoken and written language processing. Human Brain Mapping, 41, 4935-4951.

Chung, W., Park, M. K., & Kim, S. Y. (2019). An electrophysiological investigation of translation and morphological priming in biscriptal bilingualsJournal of Neurolinguistics, 51, 151-164.

Kim, S. Y., Yap, M. J., & Goh, W. D. (2019). The role of semantic transparency in visual word recognition of compound words: A megastudy approach. Behavior Research Methods. 51, 2722-2732.

Kim, S. Y., Liu, L., & Cao, F. (2017). How does first language (L1) influence second language (L2) reading in the brain? Evidence from Korean-English and Chinese-English bilinguals. Brain and Language, 171, 1-13.

Kim, S. Y., Qi, T., Feng, X., Ding, G., Liu, L., & Cao, F. (2016). How does the distance between L1 and L2 affect the L2 brain network? An fMRI study with Korean-Chinese-English trilinguals. NeuroImage, 129, 25-39.

Kim, S. Y., Wang, M., & Taft, M. (2015). Morphological decomposition in the recognition of prefixed and suffixed words: Evidence from Korean. Scientific Studies of Reading, 19 (3), 183-203.



Prof. Yunju Nam

Dept. of German Language and Literature, Hanyang University


Research interestPsycho and Neuro-linguistics, Sentence processing, Pragmatic processing, L2 learning and processing


Yunju Nam is an associate professor in the department of German Language & Literature and the Department of Data Sciences (Joint Appointment) at Hanyang University. She graduated from Seoul National University with double majors in German Language & Literature and Economy. She worked as a research assistant professor at Konkuk University and had contributed to Brain Cognition Research Center as a vice Investigator. She is actively involved in several academic societies, including the LSK(Linguistic Society of Korean), ALAK(Applied Linguistics Association of Korea), KSLI (Korean Society for Language and Information), Korean Society for EEG and Neurophysiology, where she serves as a director.

Selected Publications

Lee, S. & Nam, Y. (2022). Prediction in Visually Situated Sentence Processing: ERP Evidence for Nominative-first strategy in Korean, Acta Psychologica, 231, 103799

Diane Baier, Soonja Choi, Florian Goller, Yunju Nam & Ulrich Ansorge (2022). Does Language Determine Perception? A Test of a Central Tenet of Linguistic Relativity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

Nam, Y et al. (2022). Eye Movement Patterns Reflecting Cybersickness: Evidence from Different Experience Modes of a Virtual Reality Game. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 25(2), 135-139.

Nam, Y et al. (2021). Electrophysiological correlates of the action vs. role relations congruences in visually situated auditory sentence processing in Korean, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 36(5), 649-667.

Nam, Y.
, & Hong, U. (2019). Behavioral and neural evidence on the processing of ambiguous adjective-noun dependencies in Korean sentence comprehension. Brain and Language, 188, 28-41.

Nam, Y., & Hong, U. (2016). Local and global semantic integration in an argument structure: ERP evidence from Korean. Brain Research, 1642, 590-602.


Prof. Krisda Chaemsaithong
Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hanyang U.
Project leader
Research interestPragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, History of the English Language


Krisda Chaemsaithong is Professor of English Linguistics at the Department of English, Hanyang University. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington in 2007 and subsequently worked as Assistant Professor at the University of Houston (Houston, Texas) for five years prior to joining Hanyang University in 2012. He teaches and supervises research in the areas of Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, and History of the English Language. He also serves as editor and reviewer for leading journals, including Journal of PragmaticsText &TalkEnglish Text Construction, etc. His most recent projects deal with the ways in which the media and the government govern discursively secure public consent for capital punishment, which have been funded from the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Selected Publications
Chaemsaithong, K. 2021. Representing people in execution news: Reference terms, identity, and ideology. Journal of Pragmatics 183: 1-14.
Chaemsaithong, K. 2021. Naming as doing: Identities, positioning and ideologies in capital trials. Poznan Journal of Contemporary Linguistics 57(2): 195-220.
Chaemsaithong, K. and Kim, Y. 2021. “Let’s kill him”: Self-reference pronouns and speaking roles in capital trials. Social Semiotics 31(4): 585-603.

Chaemsaithong, K. and Kim, Y. 2020. Actions, actors, and agency in the penalty phase of capital trials: A comparison of two genres. Iberica 39: 319-344.
Chaemsaithong, K. (2020). Advances in studies of the historical courtroom: (Con)textual, ideational and interpersonal dimensions. In M. Coulthard and A. Johnson (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge: 211-227.
Chaemsaithong, K. (2019). Person reference, identity, and linguistic violence in capital trials. Journal of Pragmatics 142: 90-104.


International Affliated Members

Prof. Jeremy Steffman
The University of Edinburgh, Linguistics and English Language, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences
Lecturer in Phonetics
Research interestPhonetics, laboratory phonology, prosody, speech perception, psycholinguistics


Jeremy Steffman received his PhD from UCLA and was subsequently a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University affiliated with the Prosody and Speech Dynamics Lab. His research interests include the production and perception of prosodic structure, representations and processes in speech perception, and the role of prosodic information in segmental speech perception and spoken language processing.

Selected Publications


Steffman, J., Cole, J. & Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (2024). Intonational categories and continua in American English rising nuclear tunes. Journal of Phonetics, 104, 101310. 
Steffman, J. & Sundara M. (2024). Disentangling the role of biphone probability from neighborhood density in the perception of nonwords. Language and Speech, 67(1), 166-202. 
Steffman, J. (2023). Vowel-initial glottalization as a prominence cue in speech perception and online processing. Laboratory Phonology, 14(1), 1-46. 
Steffman, J., Kim, S., Cho, T. & Jun, S.-A. (2022). Prosodic phrasing mediates listeners’ perception of temporal cues: Evidence from the Korean Accentual Phrase. Journal of Phonetics 95, 101156.
Steffman, J. (2021). Rhythmic and speech rate effects in the perception of durational cues. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 83(8), 3162-3182.



Prof. Minjung Son

Dept. of English Lang. and Lit., Hannam Univ.
Affliated member

Research interestArticulatory Phonology, Experimental Phonetics, Language Acquisition, Natural Language Processing



Minjung Son is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature of Hannam University. She earned a PhD in Linguistics at Yale University (2008; Advisor: Prof. Louis Goldstein) and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at HIPCS (with Prof. Taehong Cho as Principle Investigator) for three years before joining Hannam University in 2012.  She is Editor of Phonetics and Speech Sciences

Selected Publications

Son, Minjung (2019). Gestural Properties of the Non-Target Velar Stop /k/ and Its Variance with Respect to Supralaryngeal Constrictions in C2. Language Research, 55(2), 355-377. DOI:
Son, Minjung (2018). Coordinative movement of articulators in bilabial stop /p/. Phonetics and Speech Sciences, 10(4), 77-89. DOI:
Son, Minjung (2015). Articulatory properties of the allophonic variant [ɾ] in Korean /l/-flapping. Studies in Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology 21(3), 427 456.
Son, Minjung, Sahyang Kim &Taehong Cho (2012). Supralaryngeal articulatory signatures of three-way contrastive labial stops in Korean. Journal of Phonetics, 40(1), 92-108. DOI:


Prof. Jiyoun Choi
Department of Social Psychology, Sookmyung Women’s University

Affliated member

Research interest: Spoken language processing, Emotion perception, Categorical perception


Jiyoun Choi is an assistant professor at the Department of Social Psychology, Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, Korea). After receiving her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguitics (Nijmegen, the Netherlands) in 2014, she worked at Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Science of Language as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2014 to 2017 and as a research professor from 2017 to 2018.

Selected Publications

Choi, J., Kim, S., &Cho, T. (2020). An apparent-time study of an ongoing sound change in Seoul Korean: a prosodic account. PLoS ONE, 15(10), e0240682.

Choi, J., Broersma, M., &Cutler, A. (2017). Early phonology revealed by international adoptees’ birth language retention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, 114(28), 7307-7312.

Choi, J., Kim, S., &Cho, T. (2016). Effects of L1 prosody on segmental contrast in L2: the case of English stop voicing contrast produced by Korean speakers. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America139(3), EL76-82.


Prof. Jonny Jungyun Kim
Department of English Language and Literature, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea

Affliated member

Research interest: Laboratory phonology, Sociophonetics, acoustic/Articulatory phonetics, Psycholinguistics


Jonny Jungyun Kim  is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature at Pusan National University. After receiving his Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of   Hawai‘i at Mānoa, he worked as a Research Assistant Professor at HIPCS from April 2018 to August, 2019. Using various experimental techniques, his research explores cognitive aspects of speech production and comprehension.

Selected publications

김정윤김성희(to appear).  한국인 청자의 영어단어 재인과 L1-L2  간 어휘경쟁: 발화자의 원어민성 지각을 이용한 실험연구(Korean listeners' English word recognition and cross-linguistic lexical competition: An experiment manipulating talker nativeness information). 언어과학(Journal of Language Sciences) 29(1).

김정윤강은지(2021).  유음으로 시작하는 한국어 겹받침 발음의 변이 (Phonetic variation of Korean stem-final consonant clusters beginning with a liquid)음성음운형태론연구 (Studies in Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology) 27(2), 161-192.

Kim, Jonny and Katie Drager (2018). Rapid influence of word-talker associations on lexical accessTopics in Cognitive Science 10(4), 775786.

Kim, Jonny (2018). Socially-Conditioned Links between  Words and Phonetic Realizations. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Kim, Jonny (2016). Perceptual associations between words and speaker ageLaboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology 7(1), 18.




Research Assistant Prof. Suyeon Im

Hanyang University of Phonetics and Cognitive Science Laboratory
Research Assistant Professor at HIPCS

Research interestPhonology, Phonetics, Second-language Acquisition, Neurolinguistics


Suyeon Im is a research assistant professor at Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language. She received her PhD in Linguistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Advisor: Jennifer Cole) in 2018 with a dissertation on “Prosodic Prominence in English.” For her PhD, she awarded Korean Government Scholarship Program and ETS TOEFL Scholarship Program for Korea. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for a project on the mental representation of Chinese tones (PI: Stephen Politzer-Ahles) using the event-related potentials. Her research interest is speech sounds in context. She studies the perception, production, and cognitive representation of speech sounds in relation to discourse meaning, speech style, and social context using experimental and computational methods.

Selected Publications

Im, Suyeon & Ahn, H. (2022). Effects of parts of speech on implicit prosodic prominence by native English speakers and Korean learners of English. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics, 22, 1-18.

Politzer-Ahles, S. & Im, Suyeon. (2020). Mismatch negativity is not always modulated by lexicality. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 14, 556457.

Im, Suyeon & Baumann, S. (2020). Probabilistic relation between co-speech gestures, pitch accents and information status. In Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America (Vol. 5(1), pp. 685-697).
Im, Suyeon. (2019). Information status and prosodic prominence as perceived by Korean learners of English. Language Research, 55(2), 413-429.
Im, Suyeon & Hualde, J. I. (2019). Perception of prosodic prominence by Korean learners of English. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain & P. Warren (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ISBN 978-0-646-80069-1, Melbourne, Australia, August 2019 (pp. 92-96). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.



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