Yoonjeong Cynthia Lee (she/her)


Department of Head and Neck Surgery

UCLA School of Medicine

31-19 Rehabilitation Center

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1794


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Academic Employment

September 2021– Staff Research Associate II

Present Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine,

Los Angeles, California, USA

July 2020–Present Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, USA

June 2018–June 2020 Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine

Los Angeles, California, USA

Spring 2020, Spring Lecturer

2021 Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, USA



Education

​​2018 Ph.D. ​in Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dissertation: The prosodic substrate of consonant and tone dynamics​ [.pdf]

Committee: Louis Goldstein, Dani Byrd (Co-Chairs), Khalil Iskarous and Sandrah Eckel

2014 M.A. in Linguistics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Thesis: Resolving lexical ambiguity using sub-phonemic duration cues: Did you hear “place

kin” or “play skin”?

Committee: Elsi Kaiser, Louis Goldstein (Co-Chairs) and Dani Byrd

2012 M.A. in English Linguistics, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

Thesis: Effects of prosodic strengthening and lexical boundary on /s/-stop sequences in

English

Committee: Sahyang Kim (Chair), Taehong Cho and Shinwoong Lee

2007 B.A. (early graduation) in English Language and Literature, Chungnam National

University, Daejeon, Korea

Undergraduate Thesis: Some notes on L1 and L2 English production – acoustic signatures of

the foreign segment production



Honors and Awards​

Awarded National Science Foundation's Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral

Research Fellowships, Co-PI Jelena Krivokapić, "The Temporal Organization of Prosody in

Multimodal Speech and Co-speech Gestures," $138,000 (1/1/2022–12/31/2023) [abstract]

December 2019 Young Investigator Travel Grant​, 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America's

Women in Acoustics Committee, San Diego, California

May 2019 ASA Early Career Travel Subsidy, 177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America,

Louisville, Kentucky

July 2015 GSG Travel Grant, Graduate Student Government, University of Southern California

May 2015 IPA Student Award for ICPhS-2015, International Phonetic Association [link]

August 2013 Best student paper award in Speech Communicationsecond place, International

Congress of Acoustics 2013 in Montreal [link]

2012–2017 Dornsife Doctoral Fellowship, The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at

University of Southern California

2008–2009 University Fellowship, The Department of English Language and Literature, Hanyang

University

2005–2007 Scholarship, The Department of English Language and Literature, Chungnam National

University



Research Experience

September 2021– Staff Research Associate II in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at University of

Present California, Los Angeles, for Professors Dinesh Chhetri and Jody Kreiman (UCLA Bureau of Glottal Affairs)

July 2020–August Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Los Angeles, for Professors Pat Keating

2021 and Jody Kreiman (funded by NSF)

June 2018–June 2020 Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Los Angeles, for Professor Jody Kreiman

(UCLA Bureau of Glottal Affairs / funded by NIH & NSF)

September 2015–May MRI Acquisition Team, Speech Production and Articulation kNowledge group at

2018 University of Southern California with Professor Shrikanth Narayanan (USC SPAN group)

August 2015–May 2018 Research Assistant at University of Southern California for Professor Dani Byrd (Prosody

and articulatory dynamics in spoken language / funded by NIH)

August 2014–August Research Assistant at University of Southern California for Professor Louis Goldstein

2015 (ToPIQQ: Tonal Placement – the Interaction of Qualitative and Quantitative Factors /

funded by the Volkswagenstiftung)

February 2008–July Research Assistant at Hanyang University for Professor Taehong Cho (Interface between

2013 phonetics and phonology/prosody: acoustic and articulatory patterns of hyper-articulated

speech in Korean and English)



Publications

Journal Articles

2021 Yongwan Lim, Asterios Toutios, Yannick Bliesener, Ye Tian, Sajan Lingala, Colin Vaz, Tanner

Sorensen, Miran Oh, Sarah Harper, Weiyi Chen, Yoonjeong Lee, Johannes Töger, Mairym

Montesserin, Caitlin Smith, Bianca Godinez, Louis Goldstein, Dani Byrd, Krishna Nayak and

Shrikanth Narayanan. A multispeaker dataset of raw and reconstructed speech production

real-time MRI video and 3D volumetric images. Scientific Data, 8, 187​. [open access] [.pdf]

2021 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein, Benjamin Parrell and Dani Byrd. Who converges?

Variation reveals individual speaker adaptability. ​Speech Communication, 131, 23–34.

[open access] [.pdf]

2021 Jody Kreiman, Yoonjeong Lee, Marc Garellek, Robin Samlan and Bruce Gerratt. Validating

a psychoacoustic model of voice quality. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 149(1),

457–465. [.pdf] [link]

2020 Yoonjeong Lee, Elsi Kaiser and Louis Goldstein. I scream for ice cream: Resolving lexical

ambiguity with sub-phonemic information. Language and Speech​, 63(3), 526–549. [.pdf]

[link]

2019 Yoonjeong Lee, Patricia Keating and Jody Kreiman. Acoustic voice variation within and

between speakers. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 146(3), 1568–1579. [.pdf] [link]

2018 Miran Oh and Yoonjeong Lee. ACT: An Automatic Centroid Tracking tool for analyzing

vocal tract actions in MRI speech production data. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of

America, Express Letters, 144(4), EL290–EL296. [.pdf] [open access]

2018 Yoonjeong Lee, Samantha Gordon Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein

and Dani Byrd. Articulatory, acoustic, and prosodic accommodation in a cooperative maze

navigation task. PLoS ONE​, 13(8): e0201444. [.pdf] [open access]

2014 Taehong Cho, Yoonjeong Lee and Sahyang Kim. Prosodic strengthening in V#sCV versus

Vs#CV and its effect on phonetic implementation of an allophonic rule in English. Journal

of Phonetics, 46, 128–146. [.pdf] [open access]

2011 Taehong Cho, Yoonjeong Lee and Sahyang Kim. Communicatively driven versus

prosodically driven hyper-articulation in Korean. Journal of Phonetics, 39, 344–361. [.pdf] [link]


Conference Proceedings

2019 Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Within and between speaker variation in voices.

Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [.pdf]

2015 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein and Shrikanth Narayanan. Systematic variation in the

articulation of the Korean liquid across prosodic positions. Proceedings of the 18th

International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [.pdf]

2013 Yoonjeong Lee. Effects of prosodic strengthening on /s/-stop sequences in English.

Proceedings of the 21st International Congress on Acoustics with 165th Meeting of the

Acoustical Society of America and 52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association. [.pdf]

2011 Yoonjeong Lee. Prosodic strengthening of /sCV/ sequences in English. Proceedings of the

17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. [.pdf]


Databases

2021 (LDC version) Patricia Keating, Jody Kreiman, Abeer Alwan, Adam Chong and Yoonjeong Lee. The UCLA

Speaker Variability Database. LDC 2021S09. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data

Consortium. https://doi.org/10.35111/c5gk-6j49

2021 Yongwan Lim, Asterios Toutios, Yannick Bliesener, Ye Tian, Sajan Lingala, Colin Vaz, Tanner

Sorensen, Miran Oh, Sarah Harper, Weiyi Chen, Yoonjeong Lee, Johannes Töger, Mairym

Montesserin, Caitlin Smith, Bianca Godinez, Louis Goldstein, Dani Byrd, Krishna Nayak and

Shrikanth Narayanan. A multispeaker dataset of raw and reconstructed speech production

real-time MRI video and 3D volumetric images. [dataset] [code]

2020 Patricia Keating, Jody Kreiman, Abeer Alwan, Adam Chong and Yoonjeong Lee. The UCLA

Speaker Variability Database. (Download from the UCLA Speech Processing and Auditory

Perception Laboratory website [link])

2017 Yoonjeong Lee, Samantha Gordon Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein

and Dani Byrd. Dataset for "Articulatory, Acoustic, and Prosodic Accommodation in a Cooperative

Maze Task" (Version 1.0) [Data set]. PLOS ONE. Zenodo. [link]



Conference Presentations and Abstracts

To appear Yoonjeong Lee, Marc Garellek, Christina Esposito and Jody Kreiman. A cross-linguistic

investigation of acoustic voice spaces. Poster at 181st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of

America in Seattle, Washington, USA.

To appear Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Acoustic spaces for normal and pathological voices.

Poster at 181st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Seattle, Washington, USA.

​December 9, 2020 Miran Oh and Yoonjeong Lee. Focusing on vertical larynx action dynamics. Poster at 179th

Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics Virtually Everywhere. [abstract] [iposter]

December 7, 2020 Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Language effects on acoustic voice variation within and

between talkers. Poster at 179th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics

Virtually Everywhere. [abstract] [iposter]

December 4, 2020 Jody Kreiman and Yoonjeong Lee. The role of between- versus within-speaker acoustic

variability in vocal identity perception. Poster at 12th International Conference on Voice

Physiology and Biomechanics. [link].

January 3, 2020 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd. Laryngeal consonant and tone dynamics in

Seoul Korean. Talk at the Linguistics Society of America 2020 Annual Meeting in New

Orleans, Louisiana, USA. [abstract]

December 5, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Within- and between-speaker acoustic variability:

Spontaneous versus read speech. Poster at 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of

America in San Diego, California, USA. [abstract] [poster]

December 5, 2019 Jody Kreiman and Yoonjeong Lee. The role of between- versus within-speaker acoustic

variability in vocal identity perception. Poster at 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of

America in San Diego, California, USA. [abstract] [poster]

August 8, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Within and between speaker variation in voices.

Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Talk given in the

special session, Interpreting Acoustic Measuresments of Voice Quality at the 19th

International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Melbourne, Australia. (See Proceedings

above.)

May 17, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee and Jody Kreiman. Variation in voice quality within speakers. Poster at

177th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. [abstract]

[poster]

January 4, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein and Dani Byrd. Dynamical systems model of prosodic

asymmetries in the co-expression of phrasal and segmental tone. Talk at the Linguistic

Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting in New York City, New York, USA. [abstract]

November 8, 2018 Yoonjeong Lee and Louis Goldstein. The role of vertical larynx movement in the tense-lax

contrast of Seoul Korean stops across phrasal position. Poster at the 176th Meeting of the

Acoustical Society of America in Victoria, Canada. [abstract] [poster]

December 4, 2017 Yoonjeong Lee and Louis Goldstein. Prosodic asymmetry in phonetic reorganization of

Seoul Korean 3-way voiceless stop contrast. Poster at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical

Society of America in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. [abstract] [poster]

December 1, 2016 Yoonjeong Lee, Samantha Gordon Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein

and Dani Byrd. Acoustic and articulatory measures of prosodic convergence in a

cooperative maze navigation task. Poster at the 5th Joint Meeting Acoustical Society of

America and Acoustical Society of Japan in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. [abstract] [poster]

October 14, 2016 Yoonjeong Lee and Louis Goldstein. Global and local interaction of consonant type and

tone in the Korean Accentual Phrase. Poster at the 24th Japanese/Korean Linguistics

Conference in Tokyo, Japan. [abstract] [poster]

July 17, 2016 Yoonjeong Lee, Samantha Gordon Danner, Benjamin Parrell, Sungbok Lee, Louis Goldstein

and Dani Byrd. Prosodic convergence during and after a cooperative maze task. Poster at

the 15th Conference on Laboratory Phonology in Ithaca, New York, USA. [abstract] [poster]

August 10, 2015 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein and Shrikanth Narayanan. Systematic variation in the

articulation of the Korean liquid across prosodic positions. Talk at the 18th International

Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland. [slides] (See Proceedings above.)

June 30, 2015 Yoonjeong Lee, Louis Goldstein and Shrikanth Narayanan. Articulatory characteristics of

Korean liquid production: Position-sensitive realization. Poster at Phonetics and

Phonology in Europe 2015 in Cambridge, England. [abstract] [poster]

October 2, 2014 Yoonjeong Lee, Elsi Kaiser and Louis Goldstein. I scream for ice cream: Resolving lexical

ambiguity with sub-phonemic cues. Poster at the 9th International Conference on the

Mental Lexicon in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. [abstract] [poster]

September 6, 2014 Yoonjeong Lee, Elsi Kaiser and Louis Goldstein. Resolving lexical ambiguity using sub-

phonemic duration cues: did you hear “place kin” or “play skin”? Poster at the 20th

Architecture and Mechanisms for Language Processing in Edinburgh, Scotland. [abstract]

[poster]

June 6, 2013 Yoonjeong Lee. (Best student paper award in Speech Communication – second place)

Effects of prosodic strengthening on /s/-stop sequences in English. Poster at the 21st

International Congress on Acoustics / 165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America /

52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association in Montreal, Canada. [poster] (See

Proceedings above.)

​August 21, 2011 Yoonjeong Lee. Prosodic strengthening of /sCV/ sequences in English. Talk at the 17th

International Congress of Phonetic Sciences in Hong Kong, China. (See Proceedings above.)



Invited Talks, Colloquia and Guest Lectures

December 17, 2021 Yoonjeong Lee. Colloquium talk at the Séminaires de Recherches en Phonétique et

(To appear) Phonologie at the Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie, CNRS at the l’Université

Sorbonne Nouvelle/Paris 3 in Paris, France.

September 1, 2021 Yoonjeong Lee. Voice and linguistics. Virtual talk at UCLA Voice Rounds.

March 16, 2020 Yoonjeong Lee. Sound initiation in the vocal tract. Invited lecture at the Faculty of Modern

and Medieval Languages and Linguistics at University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.​

February 14, 2020 Yoonjeong Lee. The prosodic substrate of consonant and tone dynamics. Colloquium talk

at Harvard Linguistics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

November 25, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee. Phonology in speech gestures. Guest lecture for LING 119A Phonological

Structures at University of California, Los Angeles (Instructor: Dr. Suzy Ahn) in Los Angeles,

California, USA.

September 26, 2019 Yoonjeong Lee. The prosodic dynamics of consonant and tone. Colloquium at the English

Department at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

October 8, 2018 Yoonjeong Lee. The prosodic substrate of consonant and tone dynamics. Invited

Phonetics Seminar talk at UCLA Linguistics in Los Angeles, California, USA.

August 9, 2015 Yoonjeong Lee and Louis Goldstein. Tonal targets for the Seoul Korean Accentual Phrase

across various phonological contexts. Talk at the ToPIQQ project meeting pre-ICPhS 2015

in Glasgow, Scotland.

June 4, 2012 Yoonjeong Lee​. Effects of prosodic strengthening and lexical boundary on /s/-stop

sequences in English. Invited talk at Chungnam National University in Daejeon, Korea.



Pedagogical Education

December 6–7, 2019 Completion of Early Career Acousticians Retreat hosted by the Acoustical Society of

America

Fall 2013 Completion of Practicum in Teaching the Liberal Arts: Linguistics at University of Southern

California

August 22–23, 2013 Completion of Dornsife College TA training Program at University of Southern California

August 5–9, 2013 Completion of International TA training from the Center for Excellence in Teaching at

University of Southern California



Teaching Experience

Spring 2021 Instructor for the undergraduate course LING 102 ​Introduction to Applied Phonetics at

University of California, Los Angeles

Spring 2020 Instructor for the graduate course LING 239 Research Design & Statistical Methods at

University of California, Los Angeles

2013–2014, Spring Teaching Assistant for the G.E. course LING 275 Language and Mind at University of

2016 Southern California (Instructors: Profs. Elsi Kaiser & Rachel Walker, Profs. Toby Mintz &

Barry Schein)



Service

Journal Ad-hoc Reviewer

2020, 2021 Journal of Phonetics

2020 Language and Speech

2019, 2020 Journal of Acoustical Society of America


Conference Reviewer

Linguistic Society of America 2020, 2021 (abstracts)

Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2017, 2019, 2021 (abstracts)

Interspeech 2019, 2021 (proceedings)

International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019, 2021 (proceedings)


Organizing Role

Fall 2020 Technical Program Organizing Committee (Speech Communication), 179th Meeting of

Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics Virtually Everywhere

Spring 2020 Technical Program Organizing Committee (Speech Communication), Meeting of

(canceled) Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Fall 2019 Technical Program Organizing Committee (Speech Communication), 178th Meeting of

Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, California, USA

​2014–2015, Graduate Student Government Representative, Graduate Students in Linguistics,

2017–2018 University of Southern California

2017–2018 Colloquium Coordinator, Graduate Students in Linguistics, University of Southern

California

​October 2016 Student Volunteer, 2016 Annual Meeting on Phonology at University of Southern

California

May 2015 Student Representative for Speech Communication, ASA Student Council, 169th

Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

March 2015, Volunteer, 28th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing at

University of Southern California​

2014–2015 Event Coordinator, Graduate Students in Linguistics, University of Southern California


Other

January 3, 2020 Session Chair (Phonetics II: Articulation), Linguistics Society of America 2020 Annual

Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

​Fall 2019 Session Chair (Speech and Hearing Disorders and Child Speech), 178th Meeting of the

Acoustical Society of America, San Diego, California, USA.



Professional Societies

Association for Laboratory Phonology

International Phonetic Association

Linguistic Society of America

Acoustical Society of America


Professional Skills

Data acquisition and experimental design using real-time MRI (USC SPAN) and

electromagnetic articulography (NDI WAVE)

Acoustic data analyses using Praat, MATLAB and VoiceSauce

Articulatory data analyses using MView (Tiede) and Emalyse (Carstens)

rtMRI image analyses using ACT (Oh) and rtMRI-vocal-track-analysis (USC SPAN)

Designing/conducting experiments using Mouse Tracker (Freeman) and JavaScript and

HTML (PCIbex Farm)

Statistical/computational analyses using R, MATLAB, Python and SPSS

Korean and English ToBI transcription



Language

Korean, Native

English, Fluent