My time in SLaLS provided me with a strong preparation to further pursue my academic career. That was not only to understand theoretical considerations of my research interests but also to gain great hands-on experiences. My doctoral study was built on the insights, knowledge, and research skills acquired as a graduate student at SLaLS and as a research assistant for my supervisor, Dr. David Wood. Dr. Wood was not only a great mentor as a researcher but also as an educator.
I am currently a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages at Vancouver Island University, teaching Japanese and linguistics. I recently defended my dissertation, entitled “Production and perception of reduced speech and the role of phonological-orthographic consistency”, in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Drs. Benjamin V. Tucker and Juhani Järvikivi. In my dissertation, I looked at the effect of pronunciation-to-spelling consistency in the recognition of spontaneous Japanese speech for L1 and L2 listeners. More specifically, I examined how phonetic reduction interacts with the effect of consistency. Methodologically, I employed pupillometry, the measurement of pupil dilation, and generalized additive mixed modelling (yoichimukai.rbind.io).
(Last updated: 7 October, 2020)