Eun Jong Kong

Ph. D. Associate Professor
Department of English,
Korea Aerospace University

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Research Interest

Individual differences in L1/L2 speech perception/production

- The relationship between individual listeners' manner of speech perception and their differential sensitivity to multiple acoustic cues
: perceptual cue weighting in stop voicing contrast in English: eyetracking evidence
: relationship between perceptual cue-weighting strategy and cognitive ability in L1 (L1 English, L1 Seoul Korean)

- L2 learners' differential sensitivity to multiple acoustic cues in the perception and production
: cue weighting strategies in producing/perceiving the laryngeal contrast in L1 Korean and L2 English stops
: effects of cognitive ability/individual traits in the amount of L1 transfer

Gender/generation/dialectal differences in the speech categories

- Gender differences in Seoul Korean affricate production
- Devoiced voiced stops in Tokyo Japanese
- Realization of laryngeal contrast in young Jeju speakers' stop productions

Fine-grained phonetics and first language acqusition

My research interests focus on first-language phonological development (Paidologos Project:http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~edwards/). To study this, I have examined differences across languages in the fine phonetic detail of a contrast, both in production and perception. Most of my work during doctoral program focused on the role of fine-grained phonetic differences in explaining cross-linguistic patterns of mastering the ¡®same¡¯ phonological categories in English, Japanese, Greek and Korean. Particularly, I put an emphasis on adult listeners¡¯ utilization of language-specific speech cues to their judgments of children¡¯s productions. This research highlights an importance of detailed acoustic descriptions in evaluating developmental universals.

As a post-doctoral research associate in Waisman Center, UW-Madison, I continued studying first-language phonological acquisition, extending the experimental paradigm to include perception studies using an eye-tracker. More specifically, I have been conducting cross-linguistic perception experiments using the anticipatory eye-movement paradigm with adult listeners of English and Korean, aiming to capture language-specific sensitivity to acoustic parameters for a laryngeal contrast. The same task paradigm will be conducted with English- and Korean-speaking children (aged 3;0~5;0) to infer when and how language-specific perceptual sensitivity occurs in children¡¯s speech perception.

Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholinguistics

- Cross-linguistic aspect of phonological acquisition (Paidologos Project:http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~edwards/)
: developmental pattern of voicing/aspiration contrastive plosive categories across languages.
: fine-grained acoustic details in child speech production.
: cross-linguistic adult perception of child speech production.
: children/infant's speech perception and its relationship with the acoustic details of the speech signal.

- Cross-linguistic perception using visual world paradigm
: adult listeners' gradient perception of multiple acoustic cues for stop voicing contrast (VOT, f0 and more) -- Individual differences in categorizing speech categories and utilizing acoustic details in judging within-category goodness.
: children/infant's language-specific patterns of anticipatory eye-movement while listening to the speech signal.
: time-series data analysis using mixed effects regression models with eyetracking data.

- English, Japanese and Korean Prosody
: the role of pitch range variations in speech production and perception.

[download CV in pdf, last updated on Oct 24, 2014]

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Educational Background

2009 - 2011
Post-doctoral researcher, Waisman center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, USA.

2002 - 2009
Ph.D., Linguistcs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
Dissertation: The Development of Phonation-type Contrasts in Plosives: Cross-linguistic Perspectives.

1999-2002
M.A. English Linguistics, Graduate School at Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
Thesis: Informational structure and intonational realization of English focus particle.

1994-1999
B.A. English Language and Literature, Korea University, Seoul, Korea


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Selected publications

Articles in journal/refereed conference proceedings

Kong, E., & Edwards J. (2016).  Individual differences in categorical perception of speech: Cue weighting and executive function. Journal of Phonetics, pp 40–57.  [pdf valid until Nov 12, 2016]

Lee, H.J., & Kong, E.J. (2016) Relationship between individual traits and variability in processing Korean stops: Implication on mechanism of sound change, Language and Linguistics, 71, 215-236.

Kong, E.J., & Kang, J.E. (2015) L2 proficiency and effect of auditory source in processing L2 stops. Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences, 7(3), 99-105.

Kang, S.Y., Kong, E.J., & Seo, M.S. (2015). Individual differences in autistic traits and variability in production patterns: a case of affricates by young Seoul Korean speakers, Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences, 7(1), 125-131.

Kong, E.J., Kang, S.Y. & Seo, M.S. (2014). Gender difference in the affricate productions of young Seoul Korean speakers. Journal of Acoustical society of America Express Letters, 136(4), 329-335.

Kang, J.E. & Kong, E. (2014). The role of f0 cue in distinguishing a laryngeal contrast of word-initial stops in Korean and Japanese. Language and Linguistics, 62, pp 75-100.

Beckman, M. E., Li F., Kong E. J., & Edwards J. R. (2014).  Aligning the timelines of phonological acquisition and change. Laboratory Phonology. 5(1), pp 151-193.

Kong, Eun Jong & Yoon, I. (2013). L2 Proficiency Effect on the Acoustic Cue-Weighting Pattern by Korean L2 Learners of English: Production and Perception of English Stops, Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences, 4(4), 81-90.

Kong, Eun Jong, Syrika, Asimina, and Edwards, Jan. (2012). Voiced stop prenasalization in two dialects of Greek. Journal of Acoustical society of America, 132, pp 3439-3452.

Kong, E., Beckman M. E., & Edwards J. (2012).  Voice onset time is necessary but not always sufficient to describe acquisition of voiced stops: The cases of Greek and Japanese. Journal of Phonetics, 40, pp 725–744.

Kong, Eun Jong. (2012). Perception of Korean stops with a three-way laryngeal contrast. Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences, 4(1), 13-20.

Kong, E. J., & Edwards, J. (2011). Individual differences in speech perception: Evidence from visual analogue scaling and eye-tracking. Proceedings of the XVIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong.

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2011). Why are Korean tense stops acquired so early: The role of acoustic properties. Journal of Phonetics. 39, 196-211.

Kong, Eun Jong & Weismer, Gary (2010). Correlation of acoustic cues in stop productions of Korean and English adults and children. Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences. 2(4), 29-37.

Chung, Hyunju, Kong, Eun Jong & Weismer, Gary (2010). Vowel formant trajectory patterns for shoared vowels of American English and Korean. Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences. 2(4), 67-74.

Kong, Eun Jong (2010). The role of pitch range reset in Korean sentence processing. Journal of the Korean Society of Speech Sciences, pp 33-40.

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2007). Fine-grained phonetics and acquisition of Greek voiced stops, In Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp. 865-868.

Kong, Eun Jong (2004). The role of pitch range variation in discourse structure and intonation structure of Korean, In Proceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing.

In submission/preparation

Holliday, J., & Kong, E. Cross-generational acoustic correlates of Jeju Korean stops (in prep).

Kong, Eun Jong, Kang, S., & Seo, M. The acoustic cue weighting in Korean L2 learners¡¯ perception of English stop voicing contrast: a link with working memory capacity (ms. in prep.).

Kong, Eun Jong & Edwards, J. Individual differences in categorical perception of speech: Cue weighting and executive function (ms. in prep. ).

Conference presentations

Kong, Eun Jong, Kiyoko Yoneyama, Mary E. Beckman (2014). Effect of a sound change in progress on gender-marking cues in Japanese. Poster presented at the 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Japan (July 27-29).

Kong, Eun Jong, & Kang, J. (2013). Patterns of acoustic cue weighting in the speech perception of English stops by Korean L2 learners. Poster presented at the Meetings of the Korean Society of Speech Science, Busan, Korea (May 23-24).

Kang, J. & Kong, E. (2013). The role of f0 cue in distinguishing a laryngeal contrast of word-initial stops in Korean and Japanese. Poster presented at the Meetings of the Korean Society of Speech Science, Busan, Korea (May 23-24).

Kong, Eun Jong, Kang, S., & Seo, M. (2013). An acoustic study on the place of articulation of Korean affricates. Poster presented at the Meetings of the Korean Society of Speech Science, Busan, Korea (May 23-24).

Kong, Eun Jong, Edwards, Jan (2012). Individual differences in categorical speech perception. Paper presented at the 13th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, Germany (July 27-29).

Kong, Eun Jong, Edwards, Jan (2011). Gradient perception of laryngeal contrast of stops in English and Korean: eye-tracking evidence. Poster presented at Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2010). Different gestures explain different acquisition patterns for Japanese and Greek voiced stops. Poster presented at the 12th Conference on Laboratory Phonology, New Mexico.

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2010). VOT trumps other measures in predicting Korean children¡¯s early mastery of fortis stops. Paper presented at LSA, Baltimore, Jan, 2010. [presentation slides]

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., Edwards, Jan (2009). Nasal venting and the early mastery of Greek voiced stops. Paper presented at International Conference of Greek Linguistics, Chicago, Oct 30, 2009. [presentation slides]

Kong, Eun Jong (2009). The Development of Phonation-type Contrasts in Plosives: Cross-linguistic Perspectives. Ph.D. thesis, Ohio State University [email me for an e-copy].

Kong, Eun Jong, Beckman, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2009), VOT is necessary but not sufficient for describing the voicing contrast in Japanese. Paper presented at LSA, San Fransico, Jan 10, 2009.

Li, Fangfang, Kong, Eun Jong, Mary E., and Edwards, Jan (2008), Adult Acoustics and Developmental Patterns for Gender-marked Phonetic Variants in Mandarin Fricatives and Japanese Stops, Poster presented at 11th Laboratory Phonology, Wellington, New Zealand, June 30, 2008.

Arbisi-Kelm, T., Beckman, M. E., Edwards, J., & Kong, E. (2007). Acquisition of stop burst cues in English, Greek, and Japanese. poster presented at the Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders, Madison, WI, June 7-9, 2007.

Kong, Eun Jong., Beckman, Mary E. (2006).Fine-grained Phonetics and Developmental Universals for Glottal Features, a poster presented at 10th Laboratory Phonology, Paris, France, June 29- July 1, 2006.


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Teaching

English phonetics and English phonology, Korea Aerospace University

Introduction to Linguistics Ling201(2003 AU~ 2005 SP), The Ohio State University

Analyzing Sounds of Languages Ling286 (2008 WI~2009 SP), The Ohio State University


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Contact Info

e-k-o-n-g (at) kau.ac.kr (with no "-")
English Department
Korea Aerospace University
100 Hanggongdae-gil, Hwajeon-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang City, Gyeonggi-do 412-791, Korea   

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