Kazumi and I participated in some great research in Kanazawa! We got to be guinea pigs for measuring the movement of the jaw and tongue during speech for English, Spanish, and Japanese. I’ll get to examine the data once it’s all compiled, and then Dr. Donna Erickson and I will get to present a paper–or maybe even a few!–on the findings.
We used electromagnetic articulography (EMA) to measure tongue and jaw movements. Right now, we’re specifically looking at jaw movements. Dr. Erickson’s hypothesis is that jaw movement is key to understanding the rhythm of languages.
I got to do sentences in English, Spanish, and Japanese–although I’m afraid my Spanish data might not be too helpful, since I’m so rusty. It was surprisingly difficult to speak with sensors on my tongue, and nearly impossible to do the alveolar taps and trills required in Japanese and Spanish.
Kazumi’s data should be interesting, because her pitch-accent is a bit different from “standard” Tokyo dialect Japanese.