Basic Information

Affiliation
Center for Language Research (CLR)
Title
Professor
E-Mail
wilson@u-aizu.ac.jp
Web site
http://www.u-aizu.ac.jp/~wilson/

Education

Courses - Undergraduate
Pronunciation: Comparing English & Japanese Sound Systems,Pronunciation: Acoustic Analysis Using Software,Intermediate English A,Intermediate English B,Thesis Writing
Courses - Graduate
Speech Articulation & Acoustics

Research

Specialization
Phonetics,Ultrasound imaging for speech research,Second-language pronunciation
Educational Background, Biography
  • 1988 B.Math (Mathematics), Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)
  • 1998 M.A. in TEFL/TESL, Univ. of Birmingham (U.K.)
  • 2006 Ph.D. in Linguistics, Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
  • 2006 Asst. Professor, Univ. of Aizu
  • 2007 Assoc. Professor, Univ. of Aizu
  • 2012 Full Professor, Univ. of Aizu
Current Research Theme
Articulatory Settings
Key Topic
How the rest position of the articulators (lips, tongue, jaw, etc.) differs for different languages
Affiliated Academic Society
Acoustical Society of America (ASA),Acoustical Society of Japan (ASJ),Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),International Speech Communication Association (ISCA),International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL),International Phonetic Association (IPA),Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT),Phonetic Society of Japan (PSJ),Linguistic Society of America (LSA),Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA),Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Others

Hobbies
Genealogy, skiing, chess
School days' Dream
To be a wide receiver for an NFL football team; to be an opera singer; to be a professional chess player
Current Dream
To be a good father, a good husband, and a good professor
Motto
Favorite Books
Messages for Students
Open your minds! Experience as much as possible! Don't be afraid to fail!
Publications other than one's areas of specialization
University of Aizu Relay Essay #32 Christmas Memories (in Japanese)"

Main research

Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics

Our research focus is on speech production and second-language acquisition of pronunciation. Experimental phonetics - both articulatory and acoustic phonetics - underlies most of our work and we specialize in using ultrasound as a tool to view and measure the tongue during speech. More specific research interests currently include Articulatory Settings (as seen through inter-speech rest posture) in monolinguals and bilinguals, as well as phonetic and phonological issues involved in learning to pronounce a second language. We are also interested in the Aizu dialect of Japanese, and we have recorded and analyzed many audio samples of this dialect.

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