Research in Kanazawa!

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.

Dr. Atsuo Suemitsu attaches the sensors with tape, super glue, and determination.

Dr. Atsuo Suemitsu attaches the sensors with tape, super glue, and determination.

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.

Just about ready to get started.

Just about ready to get started.

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 was a good sport about it.

Kazumi’s data should be interesting, because her pitch-accent is a bit different from “standard” Tokyo dialect Japanese.


English teacher, student of Japanese, and aspiring linguist.

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  1. […] the poster I presented, based on research I’ve been working on with Donna Erickson, Atsuo Suemitsu, Shigeto Kawahara, and Yoshiho […]

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