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 11, 2023

    Dr. Yim invited Dr.McMurray, an F.Wendell Miller professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa. The title of the talk was 'The slow development of real time spoken and written word recognition.'

  • April 21, 2023

    Dr. Yim delivered a session at the Early Childhood Learning Center. She talked about language development and language characteristics of bilingual children to teachers at ECLC.

  • April 07, 2023

    Dr. Yim gave a talk at Science Touch on Friday, which was hosted by the National Research Foundation and the Federation of Busan Science and Technology. The title of the talk was Characteristics of the brain that only humans possess-What are the cognitive domains that we need to learn a language?

  • March 27, 2023

    Dr. Yim gave a talk at the Asia Pacific Society of Speech Language and Hearing's meeting. The tile of the talk was Importance of Maintaining Mother Tongue in the Face of Bilingual Children's Dynamic Language Shift.

  • December 15, 2022

    CLL had the year-end party at ISayLab. Current lab members and former members came. We shared gifts, and the latest news, and congratulated students graduating this semester. It was great to meet members in person and have time to catch up. Thank you, Professor Yim, for hosting the year-end party!

  • November 17, 2022

    Dr. Yim and nine CLL members attended the 2022 ASHA convention at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. The convention was held during November 17-19. Five posters were presented.

  • November 02, 2022

    Professor Yim and CLL members gathered together for lab meeting. After having lunch together, we walked around Gyeongbok Palace and Blue House and enjoyed the beautiful weather. We also had a great time at the art gallery.

  • August 24, 2022

    Dr.Yim was invited to give a talk on school-aged children's literacy skills, executive functions and our lab's ongoing research projects.

  • August 16, 2022

    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 in 2022 and was awarded the 'Blue Ribbon' again!

  • July 20, 2022

    Dr.Yim has been doing research on bilingual children's language and social skills with Dr. Schroeder, assistant professor, from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hofstra University, NY, USA.

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