Dear colleagues of prospective participants of HISPhonCog 2023,

We are very pleased to inform you that we will resume our annual HISPhonCog conference in 2023 after such a long pause due to Covid 19. 

We sincerely hope that we will be able to meet many of you in person in May 2023. 

Best wishes,
Taehong Cho


Invited Speakers

HISPhonCog 2023 (Seoul)
Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language 2023 (26-27 May, 2023)

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

Dates: 26-27 May 2023

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) 2023 on 26-27 May, 2023.

A special theme for HISPhonCog 2023 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 phonetic events (either at the subphonemic level or at the suprasegmental level of micro-prosody), 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 in the segmental or intonational phonology and higher-order linguistic structures (e.g., prosodic structure, morphosyntactic structure, information structure) 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 sociolinguistically-driven speech variation and effects of native-language experience on production and perception of unfamiliar languages or L2. Most remarkably, such phonetic underpinnings are not purely segmental in nature, but they are suprasegmental or systematically related to prosodic structure and the intonational grammar of the language. 

In HISPhonCog 2023, we will explore 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 or from the phonetics-prosody interplay.  

Invited speakers confirmed so far:

- Adam Albright (MIT)
- Lisa Davidson (New York U.)
- John Kingston (U. of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- Marianne Pouplier (U. of Munich)

- Donca Steriade (MIT)
- Andrew Wedel (U. of Arizona)
- Douglas Whalen (CUNY and Haskins Laboratories)
- Alan Yu (U. of Chicago)

Special Issue to be published in a journal

- Oral presentations (including invited talks) and a limited number of selected posters (which are 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.

- The actual journal has not been selected yet, but we are considering one of the followings journals subject to final approval from a targeted journal: Journal of Phonetics, Phonetica, Journal of International Phonetic Association, Laboratory Phonology, Language and Speech, Linguistic Vanguard, The Linguistic Review, etc. Once we know the journal, we will announce it on the HISPhonCog 2023 webpage. 

- (tentative) Guest editors: T. Cho, S. Kim & H. MItterer 

- If you wish to have your paper considered for the special issue, regardless of whether your paper is selected for oral presentation or not, please indicate your intention when you submit an abstract through Easy Chair.  We will also consider papers on the theme, even if they are not to be presented at the conference. In such a case, please send a two-page abstract (including figures and references within the two page limit) to Taehong Cho at by February 10. 

- Deadline of the full paper submission (special issue):
 July 30, 2023 (This deadline will be strictly enforced.)

- Note that each selected paper will undergo standard editorial/review processes which may eventually lead to its exclusion (rejection).

Support for international participants (possible free accommodation)

- As before, we will do our best to provide free local hotel accommodation (one room for up to 3 nights per presentation) for international presenters affiliated with a foreign institute/university, traveling from abroad.

- Please note, however, that the local hotel we had a contract with before was closed due to Covid 19. So we may not be able to make an arrangement for free accommodation. If we don't find a solution, we will have to provide a small amount of partial accommodation subsidy with priority to be given to student presenters. ​​​The details will be sent to qualified individuals along with an acceptance letter, depending on the final budget approval.  

Free registration fees
- Free banquet, free munches for breakfast, free refreshments and a free conference handbook
- Lunch: Attendees will have to pay (optionally) for lunches (10 USD or equivalent in KRW for each lunch) at the time of arrival. (The detail will be provided along with registration.) 

Free Registration by April 10
- Pre-registration should be made by no later than April 10, 2023 to be guaranteed for accommodation subsidy (for international presenters) and free registration (for all foreign and domestic participants and audience).
- A pre-registration form that arrives after April 10 may still be considered for free registration, 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: by February 10 (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 February 10, 2023.
- URL for EasyChair:
- The submission system will be open on November 15. 

Workshop Proposal
- We set aside May 25 (Thursday), 2023 (the day before the main conference) for one or two possible satellite workshops. 
- We will provide rooms and light refreshments free of charge with support of our onsite personnel. 
- If you are interested in organizing a workshop, contact the conference chair, Taehong Cho directly at 
- A proposal will be considered until the two slots are filled.

- Deadline of submission of a two-page long abstract: February 10, 2023

- Notification of Acceptance: No later than March 10, 2023
- Free Registration with (partial) accommodation support: No later than April 10, 2023
- Symposium dates: May 26-27, 2023
- Satellite Workshop (if organized): May 25, 2023
* Those who are interested in organizing a workshop, please contact Taehong Cho directly at 

Local Organizing Committee
- Taehong Cho (Chair, HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)
- Sahyang Kim (Hongik University & HIPCS, Seoul)
- Say Young Kim (HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)
- Suyeon Im (HIPCS, Hanyang University, Seoul)

Contact: Dr. Suyeon Im 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