Kobe University Tenure-Track Researchers
Research field : Acoustic phonetics
I research the mechanisms behind pronunciation in humans from the perspective of acoustics, focusing especially on two areas. The first is the development of methods for the analysis of formants and fundamental frequency. I work on this topic from various approaches, including rethinking methods for extracting measurements, constructing new quantitative models of the data, and making phonetic analysis software with the programming language R. My other focus is on intonation - that is, the phenomenon of how the height of one's voice goes up and down while speaking a sentence. In particular, I research the second language acquisition of intonation, using experimental data on groups such as American learners of Japanese and Japanese learners of English.