Yoichi Mukai

Yoichi Mukai

Faculty in the Department of Modern Languages

Vancouver Island University

I am a faculty member in the Modern Languages Studies Department at Vancouver Island University, teaching Japanese and linguistics. I defended my dissertation, 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 inconsistency in the recognition of spontaneous Japanese speech for L1 and L2 listeners. More specifically, I examined how phonetic reduction interacts with the effect of inconsistency. Methodologically, I employed pupillometry, the measurement of pupil dilation, and generalized additive mixed modelling. My Dissertation in 19 mins).

The video below is the talk that I gave at my university for those who know nothing about linguistics, but curious about language. The first 15 mins of the talk is about how linguists think and talk about language, and what kind of analysis they conduct to understand pieces of language. The rest of the talk (20 mins) is about my dissertation research. I gave this talk with a hope that someone who knows nothing about linguistics watches it and becomes interested in linguistics and curious about language.

Interests

  • Phonetics
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Pupillometry
  • L2 Pronunciation and Comprehension
  • Quantitative Research Method
  • Japanese Linguistics

Education

  • PhD in Linguistics, 2020

    University of Alberta

  • MA in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, 2014

    Carleton University

  • BSocSc in Community Policy, 2003

    Aichi Gakusen University

Skills

RStudio

Data Analysis and Visualization

Statistics

Generalized Additive Mixed-effects Model; Linear Mixed-Effects Model; Random Forest

Praat

The scientific analysis of speech in phonetics

Pupillometry

The measurement of pupil dilation over time

Latex

The production of technical and scientific documentation

Language

Japanese; English

Teaching Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Faculty - Japanese & Linguistics

Department of Modern Languages at Vancouver Island University

Aug 2019 – Present Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Teach:

  • Basic Japanese I & II; Intermediate Japanese I & II
  • Intro to Descriptive Linguistics
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Phonetics

Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta

Jul 2019 – Aug 2019 Edmonton, AB, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Phonetics

Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta

Jul 2018 – Aug 2018 Edmonton, AB, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Conversational Japanese

School of Linguistics and Language Studies & Summer Institute of Language and Culture at Carleton University

May 2014 – Jun 2014 Ottawa, ON, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Elementary Japanese for diplomats

Interlanguages Language School, the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, the Learning Institution of the Global Affairs Canada

May 2014 – Jun 2014 Gatineau, QC, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Introduction to Japanese

Décanat de la formation continue et des partenariats (DFCP) à lˈUniversité du Québec en Outaouais

Sep 2012 – Dec 2012 Gatineau, QC, Canada
 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Elementary to Advanced Japanese

Ottawa Japanese Language School

Sep 2010 – Dec 2014 Ottawa, ON, Canada

Research Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant for Dr. Esther S. Kim

Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Alberta

Mar 2018 – May 2018 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Preprocessed, analyzed and visualized pupillometric data of person with aphasia
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant for Dr. Benjamin V. Tucker

Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta

Jul 2015 – Aug 2016 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Assisted in developing an interactive online phonetics course and lab activities for the project “Developing Interactive Online Lab Activities and an Online Course for Phonetics”
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant for Dr. Benjamin V. Tucker

Department of Linguistics at the University of Alberta

Sep 2014 – Aug 2015 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Designed a pupillometry experiment for the project “Pupillary Responses to the Comprehension of Speech Variability and Spontaneous Speech”,
 
 
 
 
 

Research Assistant for Dr. David Wood

School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University

May 2014 – Jun 2014 Ottawa, ON, Canada
Transcribed and translated spoken data (Japanese & English), and analyzed it quantitatively and qualitatively for the project “Idiodynamic analysis of speech fluency and willingness to communicate in a second language”

Additional Training

Visiting PhD student

Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics

Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute

Spring Training in Experimental Psycholinguistics

Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language Program (TESOL)

Presentations

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Reduced flaps in English processed by non-native speakers

Investigating the comprehension and perception of reduced speech with pupillary response

Investigating the comprehension and perception of reduced speech with pupillary response

The effect of phonological-orthographic consistency and phonetic reduction in spoken word recognition

The time-course of recognition of reduced Japanese words: Evidence from pupillometry with a Go-NoGo task

The time-course of recognition of reduced Japanese words: Evidence from pupillometry with a Go-NoGo task

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