Ji Young Kim joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA in 2016 after completing her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in heritage language phonology. Her research focuses on how Spanish heritage speakers in the US — descendants of Hispanic immigrants, who are early bilingual speakers of Spanish (an ethnic minority language) and English (the majority language of the society) — perceive and produce the speech sounds in Spanish, when language shift to English is prominent across the generations. She is currently investigating the phonetic features that may cause a “heritage accent” in heritage speakers’ speech, which is often perceived by monolingual native speakers, but the source of which is very difficult to identify. Moreover, as there is a large variation among Spanish heritage speakers with regard to their identity as Latinos in the US and their attitude toward learning Spanish, her goal is to explore more deeply into the role of various extra-linguistic factors in the development of heritage speakers’ phonological system.
Ph.D. (2016). Spanish Linguistics and SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. (2012). Spanish Linguistics, Korea University (South Korea)
M.A. (2010). Spanish Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (2007). Spanish Language and Literature, Korea University (South Korea)
Spanish phonetics and phonology
Heritage language phonology
Second language phonology
Foreign accent in L2 speech
L1-L2 phonetic interference
Perception and production of speech sounds
Kim, J.-Y. (forthcoming). Voice quality transfer in the production of Spanish heritage speakers and English L2 learners of Spanish, In Perpiñán, S. and Heap, D. (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 44th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Kim, J.-Y. & Shih, C. (2015). Mapping second language learners’ accent of Spanish, In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
Hualde, J.I. & Kim, J.-Y. (2015). The acquisition of Spanish lexical stress by Korean learners, In The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.), Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Glasgow, UK: the University of Glasgow.
Kim, J.-Y. (2015). Perception and production of Spanish lexical stress by Spanish heritage speakers and English L2 learners of Spanish, In Willis, E., Martín Butragueño, P., & Herrera Zendejas, E. (eds.), Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology (pp. 106-128). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Kim, J.-Y. (2014). Use of suprasegmental information in the perception of Spanish lexical stress by Spanish heritage speakers of different generations, In Campbell, Gibbon, and Hirst (eds.), Proceedings of Speech Prosody 7 (pp. 453-456).
Kim, J.-Y. (2011). L1-L2 phonetic interference in the production of Spanish heritage speakers in the US. The Korean Journal of Hispanic Studies, 4, 1-28.
Kim, J.-Y. (2010). Phonological effect of single-word insertion by Korean heritage speakers: vowel epenthesis in word-final position. Korean Journal of Linguistics, 35(1), 49-70.