Research

My research interests are mostly in the field of Korean linguistics, L2 phonology and computer-assisted language learning. I have investigated how learners acquire L2 sounds and technology can be leveraged to improve the perception and production of L2 sounds. Currently, I am involved in a number of experimental studies by collaborating with linguistics and speech technologists to develop web-based auditory training programs which provide learners with audio and visual input and feedback. Languages I have worked on include Korean, Canadian and American English, French, and Mandarin.

My specific research interests are as follows.

[Computer-based perceptual training in L2 acquisition]
[Speech perception and production in L2 acquisition]
  • Effects of L1 transfer and L2 experience on the perception of Korean vowels
  • Perception of Korean codas by Mandarin and English learners of Korean
  • Effects of L2 proficiency on Mandarin speakers’ perception of Korean stops and affricates
  • Effects of explicit instruction on the perception and production of L2 sounds
[Mandarin and English loanwords in Korean]
  • Adaptation of Mandarin falling diphthongs in Chinese Korean: The role of linguistic and sociolinguistic factors
  • Variable vowel adaptation of English word-final stops in Korean loanword phonology
[L2 pedagogy]
  • Project-based digital storytelling approach for improving oral and written proficiency in the Korean language
  • Project-based learning in Korean as a foreign language: A study on the production of book trailers and learners’ responses