Center for Language Research
University of Aizu
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Articulatory Setting
Articulatory setting is the underlying setting of the articulators (i.e., the tongue, lips, jaw, etc.) during speech. In his PhD research, Dr. Wilson showed that the articulatory settings for French and English differ significantly. We are now measuring the articulatory setting for Japanese and determining whether the explicit teaching of the differences between English and Japanese articulatory setting affects EFL students' pronunciation.
Papers
・Japanese Articulatory Setting: the Tongue, Lips and Jaw
This paper is from the Ultrafest IV conference at New York University and it gives preliminary results on the articulatory setting for Japanese. More research on this topic is currently in progress.
・Articulatory Settings of French and English Monolingual and Bilingual Speakers
This dissertation investigates articulatory setting (AS), a language's underlying or default posture of the articulators (i.e., the tongue, jaw, and lips). Inter-speech posture (ISP) of the articulators (the position of the articulators when they are motionless during inter-utterance pauses) is used as a measure of AS in Canadian English and Quebecois French. The dissertation reports two experiments using a combination of Optotrak and ultrasound imaging to test whether ISP is language specific in both monolingual and bilingual speakers, whether it is affected by phonetic context, and whether it is influenced by speech mode (monolingual or bilingual).