Invited Speakers

HISPhonCog 2020 (Seoul)
Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language 2020 (22-23 May, 2020)

"Linguistic and cognitive functions of fine phonetic detail underlying sound systems and/or sound change"

Dates: 22-23 May 2020

Venue: Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

HIPCS (Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language), together with CRC for Articulatory DB and Cognitive Sciences and Department of English Language and Literature, holds its 3rd annual international symposium on current issues on phonetics and cognitive sciences of language (HISPhonCog) 2020 on 22-23 May, 2020.

A special theme for HISPhonCog 2020 is ‘linguistic and cognitive functions of fine phonetic detail underlying sound systems and/or sound change.’

We have witnessed over past decades that the severance between phonetics and phonology has been steadily eroding along with the awareness of the importance of scalar and gradient aspects of speech in understanding the linguistic sound system and sound change. In particular, non-contrastive (subphonemic) phonetic events, which had traditionally been understood to be beyond the speaker’s control (as low-level automatic physiological phenomena), have been reinterpreted as part of the grammar. They have turned out to be either systematically linked with phonological contrasts and higher-order linguistic structures or governed by language-specific phonetic rules that make the seemingly cross-linguistically similar phonetic processes distinctive, both of which may in turn serve as driving forces for sound change. Furthermore, we have enjoyed seeing that the investigation of linguistic roles of fine phonetic detail provides insights into phonetic underpinnings of other speech variation phenomena such as socio-linguistically-driven speech variation and effects of native-language experience on production and perception of unfamiliar languages or L2.

We will explore any issues related these issues. We also wish to have a special session on Articulatory Phonology and speech dynamics bearing on the issue of how gradient and categorical aspects of human speech may be combined to serve as cognitive linguistic units. We will also consider general submissions that deal with other issues in speech production and perception in L1 and L2. We particularly welcome submissions from the neuro-cognitive perspectives. 

Invited speakers confirmed so far:
- Adam Albright (MIT)
- Patrice Beddor (U. of Michigan)
- Lisa Davidson (New York U.)
- John Kingston (U. of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- Donca Steriade (MIT)
- Andrew Wedel (U. of Arizona)
- Douglas Whalen (CUNY and Haskins Laboratories)
- Alan Yu (U. of Chicago)

(new) Publication of selected papers in a Special Issue on the theme in a journal
- Oral presentations and a limited number of selected posters (which are at least loosely related to the themes of the conference under the rubric of linguistic/cognitive functions of fine phonetic detail) will be invited to submit a full manuscript to be considered further for a possible inclusion in a Special Issue in a peer-reviewed international journal. Note that each selected paper will undergo standard editorial/review processes which may eventually lead to its exclusion (rejection).  

Call for proposals of satellite workshop (May 21)
- We are accepting proposals for one or two satellite workshops on May 21.
- Both the main conference hall and seminar rooms at the same conference venue are available for the afternoon time slots (12:00-18:00). We will cover the expenses incurred for the use of the space and provide refreshments.
- Send workshop proposals no later than January 15, 2020 at

Support for international participants (free accommodation)
- Free local hotel accommodation (one room for up to 3 nights per presentation) for international presenters affiliated with a foreign institute/university, travelling from abroad. (The detail will be sent to qualified individuals along with an acceptance letter.)
Free registration fees
- Free banquet, munches for breakfast, refreshments and the conference handbook
- Attendees will have to pay (optionally) for lunches (10 USD or 10,000 KRW for each lunch).

Free Registration by April 10
- Pre-registration should be made by no later than April 10, 2020 to be guaranteed for free accommodation (for international presenters) and free registration (for all foreign and domestic participants and audience).
- Pre-registration form that arrives after April 10 may still be considered for free registration and accommodation, depending on the budget and availability. Please contact us at if you miss the deadline but still would like to register in advance.
- On-site registration will be possible for small fees, but with no guarantee for lunches and banquet admission.
- For further information about how to register, please check the website later.

Abstract Submission Instruction: March 1 (EasyChair)
- A PDF file of a two-page abstract (single-spaced with 12 pt font size *without* a list of authors’ names and their affiliations) should be submitted through EasyChair by March 1, 2020.
- URL for EasyChair:
- Deadline for workshop proposals: Janurary 15, 2020
- Deadline of submission of a two-page long abstract: March 1, 2020

- Notification of Acceptance: No later than March 20, 2020
- Free Registration with free accommodation: No later than April 10, 2020
- Symposium dates: May 22-23, 2020
- Satellite Workshop (if organized): May 21, 2020

Local Organizing Committee
- Taehong Cho (Chair, HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)
- Sahyang Kim (Hongik University & HIPCS, Seoul)
- Say Young Kim (HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)
- Hyechung Lee (HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)
Contact: Dr. Hyechung Lee at
Organized by HIPCS (the Hanyang Institute for Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language); CRC for Articulatory DB and Cognitive Sciences; Department of English Language and Literature, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea