Phonetics Seminar “Emotional Speech Seminar”

September 16th, 2017
  • Lecturer: Professor Donna Erickson (Sophia Soliphic, Haskins Laboratories)
  • Date: 1:30-5:00pm, Saturday, October 14th, 2017
  • Venue: Keio University, Hiyoshi Campus, Eighth Building, Room 812
  • Host: Phonetic Society of Japan (Phonetics Promotion Committee, Planning Committee)
  • Co-host: Keio University, Center for Life-Span Development of Communication Skills (MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities)
  • Organizer: Yasuyo Minagawa (Keio University)
  • Admission: Free for members and students, 1000yen for non-members, 500yen for non-member students
  • Capacity: 80
Registration: Please fill in the following form. On-site registration is also possible.
In this seminar, you will learn the basic acoustic, physiological, and perceptual features of emotional speech, as well as emotional speech in acting, cultural and individual differences, and various research methods concerning emptional speech.You are able to learn how to express emotions via voice in different cultures, performances and situations, so we welcome not only researchers but also language teachers, voice-over actors, actors, and singers. (The lecture will be held in English, but Q&A in Japanese is possible.)

Program (tentative)
  • Session 1: 13:30-14:30
    1. Why study emotional speech?
    2. What are some acoustic and articulatory changes?
    3. Brief tutorial of F0, loudness and voice quality.
    4. Why does experiencing emotion result in changes in the voice?
  • 10 min rest
  • Session 2: 14:40-15:30
    5. Some phonetic/perceptual similarities/differences for spontaneous & acted emotions
    6. Acted emotions & cultural differences in perception
    7. Social “emotions”: Social affective expressions
    8. Social affective expressions: Cultural similarities and differences
  • 10 min rest
  • Session 3: 15:40-16:30 9. Social affective expressions and personalities
    10. Some tips on how to study “emotional” speech
    11. Other topics: gender issues, social laugher/spontaneous laughter, etc.
    12. Analysis of voice quality
  • 10 min rest
  • Session 4: 16:40-17:00 questions & free discussion
Contact: Chair, Phonetics Promotion Committee

Paper Release on JSTAGE

September 15th, 2017
We have been working on transferring the “Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan” from CiNII-ELS to JSTAGE. We have now finished transferring articles from Vol.1-19 to JSTAGE where you can search and read articles. Since articles from Vol.20 onward are already on JSTAGE, you are now able to search and read all articles (including reviews and article reviews) on JSTAGE.

To overview the “Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan”, insert “Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan” in the search box under “Titles” at the upper right corner on the JSTAGE website (see following URL). There will only be one search result, so click on the journal title. All articles from Vol.1-20 will be listed.


Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan (in JSTAGE)

We will now begin to work on transferring the categories in Vol.1-19. At this moment, papers are uploaded in both CiNII-ELS and JSTAGE,however CiNII-ELS is expected to discontinue its service in the future. Papers in Vol.20 onwards will not be uploaded on CiNII-ELS for this reason, so please use JSTAGE to access the papers.

Talks at Sophia Univ. by Dr. Spencer D. Kelly and Dr. Yukari Hirata (Colgate Univ.)

May 26th, 2017
Dr. Spencer D. Kelly and Dr. Yukari Hirata (Colgate University) will give talks at Sophia University. Dr. Kelly specializes in Psychology and Neuroscience, and Dr. Hirata specializes in Linguistics at Colgate Univ. Dr. Hirata is also one of the Global Mentors of Sophia Univ.
  • Date: June 6, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Sophia University (Yotsuya Campus, Room 2-406)
    (Campus map
  • Pre-registration: not necessary
  • Registration fee: none
  • Language: English

    Direct inquiries to: Dr. Takayuki ARAI (Sophia University)(

    Sophia University Faculty of Science and Technology Department of Information and Communication Sciences (Arai Lab.)
    Sophia Linguistic Institute for International Communication (Phonetics Lab.)

    Co-host:The Phonetic Society of Japan

    Supporting organizations:
    The Research Committee on Speech Communication of the Acoustical Society of Japan,
    Office for the Promotion of Diversity of Sophia University

Obituary (Professor Osamu Fujimura)

March 21st, 2017
We regret to announce that Professor Osamu Fujimura passed away on March 13th. Professor Fujimura was a great pioneer in the field of speech science. He served as Professor at the Research Institute of Logopedics and Phoniatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Tokyo, Director at Bell Laboratories, and Professor at The Ohio State University. He had recently moved to Kona, Hawaii to receive medical treatment. The Special Issue of the Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan entitled “Adventures in Speech Science: Focus on the C/D Model and Its Impact on Phonetics & Phonology” was published in honor of Professor Osamu Fujimura. He provided researchers with continuous support and encouragement, and will be sorely missed.

President, The Phonetic Society of Japan Satoshi Imaizumi

Prof. Osamu Fujimura
Photo by Donna Erickson (Dec. 1, 2016)

Now Accepting Applications for the FY2016 Academic Research Incentive Award of the Phonetic Society of Japan

September 18th, 2016
The Academic Research Incentive Award was established in FY2012 by the Phonetic Society of Japan to encourage research and development in phonetics. This award consists of a certificate recognizing excellent work or activity contributing to the development and dissemination of phonetics by members of the Society and an additional prize of 50,000 yen.

We are accepting applications for FY2016 as described below. You are cordially invited to apply.

Chair of Incentive Award Selection Committee
Hirokazu SATO
Guidelines for Application for the FY2016 Academic Research Incentive Award of the PSJ

Digitizing PSJ publications

July 30th, 2016
As the Phonetic Society of Japan celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, we are working on digitizing our intellectual property such as “The Study of Sounds” for the purpose of preserving valuable works, making them easily accessible online, and cost reduction. We would like to ask for your understanding and cooperation especially from the authors and those involved in the publication process.
We will distribute a USB memory stick with The Study of Sounds at the 30th General Meeting of the PSJ which is to be held at Waseda University on September 17th – 18th.
If you have any comments, especially about copyright issues, please contact the PSJ Administrative Office <>

PSJ President, Satoshi IMAIZUMI

Joint lecture by Sophia University & PSJ (2016/06/14)

June 12th, 2016
  • Title:Word Predictability Effects: Implications for Phonology
  • Lecturer:Prof. Elizabeth Hume
         University of Canterbury,New Zealand
  • Date:Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, 13:30-14:50
  • Location:Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Building 3 Room 571
  • Language: English (no translation)
  • Registration not necessary
  • Contact:Takayuki Arai, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sophia University(

Announcement of 2015 Phonetic Society of Japan Academic Research Incentive Awards

March 18th, 2016
Phonetic Society of Japan Academic Research Incentive Award Selection Committee Chair
TANAKA Yukari (Nihon University)
After careful deliberation, the committee has selected the following two research projects as worthy recipients of this award. (in order of application)

(1) KAWAHARA Shigeto (application spokesperson)
“MyVoice: Rescuing voices of ALS patients”
Websites relating to award winning project:,jp/~kawahara/myvoice.html

(2) NAKAMOTO Ken (application spokesperson)
“Development of teaching materials and textbooks and preservation and revitalization of the Ryukyuan dialect”
Website relating to award winning project:

The 2015 selection committee was composed of the following members:
TANAKA Yukari, Chair
ARAI Takayuki, Member
KUNO Mariko, Member
MISONOO Yasuko, Member
HAYASHI Naoki, Executive Secretary

Report: Election Administration Committee (2015 PSJ Election Report)

January 15th, 2016
Please see the PDF file (in Japanese) for the report on 2015 PSJ election.

Report on 2015 PSJ Election (PDF)

Closed: Applications for FY2015 Academic Research Incentive Award of the Phonetic Society of Japan

December 30th, 2015
FY2015 Academic Research Incentive Award of the Phonetic Society of Japan is now closed.

Chair of Incentive Award Selection Committee