Basic Information

Center for Language Research (CLR)
Senior Associate Professor
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Courses - Undergraduate
I teach first and second year standard English classes. I also teach Thesis Writing for senior students as well as two English elective courses related to my research area (Introduction to Linguistics and Experimental Methods & Statistics in Linguistics) for 3rd and 4th year students.
Courses - Graduate
None currently


Linguistics (Phonetics & Phonology)
Educational Background, Biography
M.A. in Linguistics, 2005 at University of British Columbia; PhD in Linguistics, 2013 at Rutgers University
Current Research Theme
Phonetics and Phonology of Tone and Phonation in Asian Languages
Key Topic
Creaky phonation in languages and how to measure it via the acoustic signal.
Affiliated Academic Society


Hiking, Running, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Watching Movies, Traveling, Reading
School days' Dream
I wanted to be a professional soccer player.
Current Dream
I would like to be happy and successful with work and family.
Favorite Books
Messages for Students
Do your best and plan to live without regrets.
Publications other than one's areas of specialization

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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