Harim Kwon

Harim Kwon

Harim Kwon

Assistant Professor

Linguistics: phonetics, laboratory phonology, speech perception, speech production, bi-(or multi-)lingualism

My research revolves around the nature of the cognitive representations of human speech sounds and the relationship of these representations to their physical aspects. Given this focus, I use empirical data to study the consequences of speaker-listeners’ linguistic experiences for their phonological (cognitive) knowledge, and their perception and production of speech. My research has included investigating the effects of linguistic experience both on a macro level (e.g., learning a—first or additional—language) and on a micro level (e.g., exposure to speech stimuli in a lab for two minutes). 

Selected Publications

2021 Kwon, H. A non-contrastive cue in spontaneous imitation: comparing mono- and bilingual imitators. Journal of Phonetics 88, 101083. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2021.101083

2019 Kwon, H. The role of native phonology in spontaneous imitation: Evidence from Seoul Korean. Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology 10: 10, 1-24. http://doi.org/10.5334/labphon.83

2017 Kwon, H. Language experience, speech perception, and loanword adaptation: Variable adaptation of English word-final plosives into Korean. Journal of Phonetics 60, 1-19. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2016.10.001

Courses Taught

  • Ling 306: General Linguistics
  • Ling 490: Generative Phonology 
  • Ling 690: Phonology I
  • Ling 693: Phonetics
  • Ling 790: Phonology II
  • Ling 890: Advanced Phonology Seminar
  • Ling 898: Advanced Qualifying Seminar


PhD in Linguistics, University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

MA in English linguistics, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

BA in English language and literature, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Recent Presentations

2020     Wang, Y., & Kwon, H. Do nonword induce convergence? The 12th International Seminar on Speech Production. Virtual conference due to COVID-19. December 14-18. 

2020     Kwon, H., & Ahn, S. Tongue position during Seoul Korean lax, tense, and aspirated obstruents. Ultrafest IX. Virtual conference due to COVID-19. October 21-24.

2020     Kwon, H. Beyond phonotactics: Perception of nonnative consonant clusters. Keio-ICU Linguistics Colloquium Series. Virtual presentation due to COVID-19. June 24. 

2019     Kwon, H., & Chitoran, I. Perception of familiar consonant clusters with non-native phonetic patterns. The 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Melbourne, Australia, August 5-9.

2019     Kwon, H., & Guo, Y. A non-primary cue in spontaneous imitation of English voiceless stops. The 177thmeeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Louisville, KY, USA, May 13-17.

Dissertations Supervised

Sarah Alamri, Articulatory and Acoustic Properties of Saudi Arabic Coronals and Cross-language Perceptual Assimilation by Naïve Listeners: The Case of Saudi Arabic and Seoul Korean (2022)

Yuting Guo, Perception and Production of Laryngeal Contrasts in Mandarin and English by Mandarin Speakers (2020)