Basic Information

Center for Language Research (CLR)
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Courses - Undergraduate
Listening and Speaking 1, 2; Reading and Writing 1, 2; Thesis Writing and Presentation; Global Experience Gateway; Introduction to Second Language Acquisition; Structure of English sentences; Analysis of English Sentence Structure
Courses - Graduate


Applied Linguistics (L2 speaking, Assessment), Phonology
Educational Background, Biography
MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
BA from Tsuda College
Current Research Theme
1. Development of L2 speaking2. Non-communicative training for L2 speaking3. Language testing 4. Phonology (L2 phonology, Aizu dialect)
Key Topic
L2 speaking, speaking assessment, L2 pronunciation, Aizu dialect
Affiliated Academic Society
Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA),Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET),American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL),Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS),Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Professional Communication Society


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Current Dream
To do decent research and publish it
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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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Dissertation and Published Works

1. Kaneko, E. (2012) On the Motivation of Science Majors Learning English as a Second Language: A Case Study from Japan, OnCue Journal for the Language Professional in Higher Education, JALT College and University Educators SIG, 3-26
2. Kaneko, E. (2011) The Effects of the Noun Phrase Accessibility Hierarchy and Other Factors on Spontaneous Production of L2 Relative Clauses at Different Proficiency Levels. Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET) Journal 52, 31-50
3. Kaneko, E. (2009) A Comparison Between Holistic Scores and Learner Oral Performance: Implications for the Development of L2 Fluency, Accuracy and Complexity, English Language Assessment 2, Korea English Language Testing Association (KELTA) Journal, 1-22
4. Kaneko, E. and Iverson, G. (2009) Phonetic and Other Factors in Japanese On-line Adaptation of English Final Consonants, Studies in Language Sciences 8, 179-196.