The Center for Language Research at the University of Aizu was established in 1993 to foster research in English for Specific Purposes, with special emphasis on the English needed for study and work in the fields of computer science and computer engineering. In addition to research on other areas of second language acquisition, the CLR has always had a strong commitment to research on pronunciation and phonetics. With the arrival of Dr. Ian Wilson in 2006 and the acquisition of an ultrasound machine, in addition to an increase in the number of students doing phonetics research, the CLR established a separate laboratory dedicated to speech research - the CLR Phonetics Lab.
Prof. Wilson's main research interest is speech production and L2 acquisition of pronunciation. Experimental phonetics - both articulatory and acoustic phonetics - underlies most of his work. Since 2000, he has specialized in using ultrasound as a tool to view and measure the tongue during speech.
Prof. Wilson's specific research interests currently include Articulatory Settings (as seen through inter-speech rest posture) in monolinguals and bilinguals, and L1/L2 acquisition of phonology/phonetics (including using ultrasound for visual biofeedback of the tongue). His language interests are English, Japanese, French, and Nuuchahnulth (an endangered southern Wakashan language spoken on the west coast of Canada).