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Doctoral Program

I’m in! I got accepted to a doctoral program in Information Sciences (情報学) at Sophia. It’s a big jump for me—going from ‘arts’ 文系 to ‘sciences’ 理系. I guess it’s time to buckle down and actually figure out how to

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C/D model website, and my MA defense

Two quick pieces of news: Yesterday I started a site with Donna Erickson and Shigeto Kawahara to promote the C/D model. If you’re not familiar, the C/D model is short for “converter/distributor model”. It’s a way of describing how phonology

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My MA Thesis is finally finished!

Good news! I finally finished my MA thesis and turned it in this week. It’s titled Computerized Training in /r/-/l/ and Stress Distinctions for Japanese Learners. I’ll be defending it in early February. If you’re interested in reading it, you

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Japanese—the fastest language in the world?

A couple of years ago, there was a minor to-do in popular media on a study of speech rates. Scientific American, Time, The Economist, and many other outfits reported on a paper in the journal Language that seemed to indicate basic

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New Experiment: Rapid Prosodic Transcription

Hot off the presses! Here’s a new program I made for one of Donna Erickson’s experiments. It’s all about testing where people hear stress and phrase breaks in speech. If you’re in one of Donna’s classes, and this is your

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My web-based training app: Listening Quest!

I finally finished programming my web training app, Listening Quest! If English is your second (or third or fourth or fifth) language, please give it a try, and see if you can improve your listening. And teachers, please tell your

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Computerized listening training: a sneak peak at my MA thesis

On campuses all over the world, universities spend millions on setting up Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) rooms. At Sophia, there’s a whole floor dedicated to them. As a computer nerd and language teacher, I should be excited about this,

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