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

  • February 15, 2024

    Dr. Yim gave a talk at the Korea International Scholars Academy. The title of the talk was 'what shall we keep in the face of our bilingual children's dynamic language shift?'

  • February 06, 2024

    Dr. Yim gave a successful talk on bilingual's brain and language for parents. Many bilingual and trilingual families joined the talk and had a fruitful time.

  • February 06, 2024

    On February 6th, Dr. Yim is giving a talk on the topic of 'Secrets of Child Brain Development-bilingualism'. You can find her lecture on the Nuri Curriculum web portal, which is under the Ministry of Education.

  • December 22, 2023

    Former and current CLL members gathered for a year-end party, where we had a great time sharing gifts and stories of this year's achievements. Goodbye, 2023!

  • December 10, 2023

    Dr. Yim gave a talk at the Neuroscience and Music Symposium. Professionals including doctors, teachers, and therapists, engaged in discussions regarding the relationship between music and learning.

  • November 24, 2023

    Dr. Yim presented on the issues of early English education and brain development at the 2023 Early Childhood Education Forum. This forum was organized by the Ministry of education and the Korea institute of child care and education.

  • November 18, 2023

    CLL researchers attended the 2023 ASHA convention at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. The convention was held November 16-18. Four oral presentations and one poster pesentation were presented.

  • November 12, 2023

    CLL research team received the Outstanding Research Award at the 8th KSHA & KASA conference 2023.

  • November 12, 2023

    The paper written by Dr. Yim's research team 'Story comprehension skills in school-aged children according to text type and story modality' won the Best Paper Award from the Korean Speech-Language Hearing Association.

  • November 11, 2023

    Dr. Yim was invited as a guest speaker at the 8th conference of the korean speech-language & hearing association and the Korean academy of speech-language pathology and audiology. The title of the talk was 'a focused attention to pragmatic skills in children-thanks to covid'.

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