We study how children learn language and also how language learning can break down. We take the perspective of language learning as part of a larger cognitive-linguistic learning profile. Thus, we examine how language learning and nonlinguistic cognitive processing are linked within fundamental learning mechanism and whether and how limitations in this mechanism potentially affect language difficulties in children. We invite both bilingual and monolingual children with and without language difficulties to help us answer our research questions. Our aim is to broaden our perspective on cognitive-linguistic theories of language learning and to achieve more accurate assessment and more effective intervention services for children who have language difficulties.

People at EWHA CLL
Executive function

A set of cognitive processes that are necessary for the cognitive control and language learning

Language impairment

A specific impairment in the processing of linguistic information. including grammar, morphology, syntax, and the functional aspects of language, such as semantics and pragmatics


The use of two languages, either by an individual speaker or by a community of speakers


Evidence-based methods to improve speech and language skills


The process of measuring either the point of gaze or the motion of eyes for investigating the visual system

  • May 13, 2022

    CLL members threw a party for professor Yim to celebrate teacher's day, Thank you Dr. Yim!

  • March 24, 2022

    Dr. Yim's Korean Massive Open Online Course was awarded the Minister of Education award

  • January 19, 2022

    Dr. Yim gave a talk about bilingualism at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • November 18, 2021

    CLL researchers presented at the annual ASHA convention

  • November 03, 2021

    Dr. Yim gave a talk at Seoul National University in the Department of Psychology. The title of the talk was 'A trip to a Better understanding of child language development by bridging theoretical findings and Clinical populations'.

  • July 20, 2021

    Dr.Yim's Korean Massive Open Online Course (K-MOOC)'Children's outstanding language learning abilities-approach from bilinguals' was selected as an excellent course and was awarded the 'Blue Ribbon' again!

  • July 16, 2021

    Dr.Yim invited Dr.Hwang, assistant professor, from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at POSTECH. It was a great opportunity for CLL members to learn about recent research on human-AI interaction and share our thoughts on applying technology in speech and language pathology.

  • May 02, 2021

    Professor Yim and her team (Shinyoung Kim, Haeun Chung, Sunyoung Kim, Minji Kang, Yujin Lee) won the Excellence Award at the 1st Speech and Language Therapy Materials Contest, which was held by the Korean Association of Speech-Language Pathologists with Hakjisa. Members developed a working memory-based intervention tool kit 'Tap Tap', which features a variety of activities that will help to improve children's working memory and language abilities.

  • March 30, 2021

    Professor Yim was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from Ewha, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching.This award is presented to professors who provided students with the best education.

  • January 29, 2021

    Dr. Yim was invited to give a talk on her current research at the brain science seminar. Dr. Lyoo and Dr. Yim discussed on future research collaboration for child language brain imaging. It will be fantastic to work together!

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