Dear colleagues and prospective participants of HISPhonCog 2020

We hope you are well.  We have given it a great deal of thought whether we could successfully run HISPhonCog 2020 as planned in just about two months from now.  Given the current pandemic state of COVID19 that still presents a gloomy outlook not only in Korea but also globally, we have come to a final conclusion that we cannot but cancel HISPhonCog 2020 in due course of action.

We are very sorry for the cancellation, and please accept our sincere apologies for having been slow in reaching this decision. We hope that you can understand the reason behind the decision that we have made, and that this cancellation won't cause too much trouble and inconvenience to you. 

We are in fact looking into a possibility that we organize HISPhonCog 2020 or a small workshop somewhere between mid September and late October, but things don't look promising.  If we find out that we can materialize something in autumn, we will let you know. If we can't do that this autumn, we certainly will commission HISPhonCog 2021 next year, and we really hope that you will be able to come next year, tentatively scheduled late in May 2021. 

If you do have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at  In the meantime, stay healthy and keep yourself away from COVID 19. 

All the best, 

March 13, 2020
Taehong Cho and Sahyang Kim
Chairs of HISPhonCog 2020

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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 (subject to change or cancellation)

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).  

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 21 (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 21, 2020.
- URL for EasyChair:
- Deadline of submission of a two-page long abstract: (new) March 21, 2020

- Notification of Acceptance: No later than April 6, 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