Phonetics Seminar

about Seminar
The Phonetic Society of Japan periodically holds “Phonetics Seminars” in which we invite renowned experts to offer half-day lectures on various aspects of phonetics and related fields including research methodology and current issues. The seminars are open to both members and non-members of the Society.
Phonetics Seminar

Phonetics Seminar “Emotional Speech Seminar”

  • 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

The 25th Phonetics Seminar “Introduction to Segmentation and Labeling”

Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2017 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Topic: Introduction to Segmentation and Labeling
Lecturer: Kyoko Takeuchi (Japan Welfare Education College, Kokugakuin Univerisity)
Venue: Japan Welfare Education College, Main Building, 6th floor
2-16-3 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo (1 minute walk from Takadanobaba station)

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Host: Planning Committee, The Phonetic Society of Japan
Admission: 2000 yen for members (including student members), 3000 yen for non-members
Capacity: 30
Registration: Please send an e-mail to:

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What to prepare:
  1. Writing utensils (We will first practice labeling by hand. Recommended: pencils, eraser, red pen for correction, ruler)
  2. Headset (headphones and microphone on the same device)
    Please see the following website for reference
  3. We will use a Windows computer and Wavesurfer (free software for acoustical analysis) We will prepare the computers, but you may bring you own if you wish.
Overview: 9:30-12:30
  1. How to use WaveSurfer (software for acoustical analysis)(recording, saving, how to open files, how to print out), create a template for segmentation and labeling
  2. Measure frequencies/fundamental frequencies of vowels from waveforms
  3. Measure formant frequencies from sound spectrograms
  4. Understand the relationship of pitch contour, fundamental frequency, and vocal fold vibration
  1. Review of phonetics (vowels, plosives, fricatives, nasals, approximants, etc.) and practice segmentation and labeling
  2. Segmentation and labeling (short and long sentences)

The 332nd Regular Meeting / The 24th Phonetics Seminar

Date Saturday, December 12th, 2015 (Afternoon)
Location Hosei University, Ichigaya Campus, Building 58, 5th floor, Room 858
(2-17-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8160)
Organizer Keiichi Tajima (Hosei University)
Pre-registration None
Contact information Chair, Planning Committee

Regular Meeting (1:00pm~3:35pm)

  1. 1:00pm~1:35pm
    Yuichiro Kasama (Graduate student, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Convex tone and concave tone”
  2. 1:35pm~2:10pm
    Hi-Gyung Byun (Akita International University)
    “When and why did a change in the VOT value of Korean lenis stops start?”

<2:10pm~2:25pm Break>

  1. 2:25pm~3:00pm
    Tanomu KASHIMA (Nagoya University), Shingo HASHIMOTO (Gifu University)
    “On the duration and airflow of Japanese words in a carrier sentence: A comparison between native speakers of Japanese and American English”
  2. 3:00pm~3:35pm
    Nigel WARD (University of Texas at El Paso and Kyoto University)
    “An investigation of non-native prosodic behavior in dialog”

<3:35pm~3:50pm Break>

Phonetics Seminar (3:50pm~5:00pm)

  • Michael Kenstowicz (MIT)
    “The phonology and phonetics of laryngeal stop contrasts in Assamese”

The 23rd Phonetics Seminar “Frontline Research in Experimental Phonology”

Date Thursday, July 24th, 2014 (2:30-5:30pm)
Topic Frontline Research in Experimental Phonology
Venue Auditorium or Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor, NINJAL (10-2 Midoricho, Tachikawa City, Tokyo
Co-host National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
Pre-registration Not necessary. Free admission.
Contact information Planning Committee (
  1. D Robert Ladd (University of Edinburgh)
    “Leaky phonology and the design of language”
  2. Anne Cutler (University of Western Sydney)
    “DADDY, EDDY, NINNY, NANNY and BALDEY: Big Data for speech perception”

The 14th Conference on Laboratory Phonology will be held at the same venue from July 25th to 27th. Admission to this conference is not free and pre-registration is necessary.

The 22nd Phonetics Seminar “The Forefront of Prosody Research”

Date & Time: December 19, 2013 (Thu), 14:30 – 17:30
Title: The Forefront of Prosody Research
Location: National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL)
(10-2 Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo)
Cosponsor: National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics
Registration: No pre-registration needed. Free admission.
Contact information: Planning Committee (
  1. Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley)
    Issues in the Representational Analysis of Syntagmatic Tone Systems
  2. Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University Nijmegen)
    On Prominence and Stress


Larry Hyman (University of California, Berkeley)
Issues in the Representational Analysis of Syntagmatic Tone Systems
In this talk I will address some of the difficulties encountered in the interpretation of syntagmatic tone systems—specifically, two-height systems whose sparse tonal contrasts lend themselves to different analyses. The question will be how to determine whether such systems should be analyzed as a binary tonal contrast (H vs. L), as a presence vs. absence of a single tone (e.g. H vs. Ø), as a change in pitch (e.g. a pitch drop from H to L), or as a metrical or foot-based “accent”. I will cite from unrelated languages from different parts of the world including Japanese, Kham (Tibeto-Burman; Nepal), Mee (Papuan; Indonesia), and Lulamogi (Bantu; Uganda). In the course of the discussion I focus on two questions: (i) How does one choose between one vs. another tonal representation of the observed phenomena? (ii) Does it matter? To answer these questions I will suggest that much of the disagreement derives from a confusion between “facts”, “theories”, “implementations”, and “insights” (which I put in quotes for reasons also to be discussed).

Carlos Gussenhoven (Radboud University Nijmegen)
On Prominence and Stress
The variation in phonological structures would seem to exceed the variation in phonetic realization, reflecting the fact that humans are more flexible in their brains than in their bodies. That is, languages sound more similar than they really are. With Germanic languages as a point of reference, I will consider four languages where an auditory impression of prominence similar to English word stress reflects quite different representations. Based on published sources (e.g. Peperkamp & Dupoux 2002) as well as my own research, I will illustrate that establishing the phonological reality behind auditory prominence in French, Libyan Berber, Yucatec and Ambonese Malay may require extensive phonetic and behavioral research.

Peperkamp, Sharon & Dupoux, Emmanuel (2002). A typological study of stress ‘deafness’. In: C. Gussenhoven & N. Warner (eds.) Laboratory Phonology 7. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 203-240.

Urgent: The 19th Phonetics Seminar has been cancelled.

We are very sorry to announce that the 19th Phonetics Seminar has been cancelled due to sudden illness of the instructor. We ask for your understanding at this time, and truly apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Kikuo MAEKAWA (Chair, Planning Committee)

The 19th Phonetics Seminar

*The 19th Phonetics Seminar has been cancelled due to sudden illness of the instructor.

Date & Time: February 19, 2011 (Sat), 13:00 – 17:00
Title : Introduction to Research on Infant Speech Development
Instructor : Reiko MAZUKA (RIKEN Brain Science Institute)
Location : RIKEN Wako Institute (Wako, Saitama) BSI Ikenohata Building
See for details on how to get to RIKEN Wako Institute.
Fees: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 100 people
  • Please send an email to the following e-mail address. The deadline is February 12, or as soon as the maximum capacity is reached.
  • Please write “19th Phonetics Seminar Registration” as the subject of the message.
  • Please include the following information in the body of the message.
    1. Name
    2. Affiliation and title (department name if student)
    3. Contact info (please indicate home or work; address, phone number, e-mail address, etc)
  • A confirmation mail will be sent within a week or so. If you have not received a confirmation mail, please send an email to the chair of Planning Committee (
Further info: An abstract for the seminar is available in Japanese.

The 16th Phonetics Seminar

Registration is closed because we have reached our capacity.
Date & Time:
March 28, 2009 (Sat), 13:00 – 16:30
(registration desk opens at 12:30)
Title : Introduction to IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)

Instructor :Takuya KIMURA ( Seisen University )
Location :
Seisen University
Bldg 4, 1st floor, rm 410
3-16-21, Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-8642

See for details on how to get to Seisen University.

The 15th Phonetics Seminar

"Introduction to Speech Analysis" Satoshi IMAIZUMI (Prefectural University of Hiroshima)

(Mar. 22, 2008, Kokugakuin University)

The 14th Phonetics Seminar

"Second-Language Speech Learning: Research and its Applications" Reiko AKAHANE-YAMADA (ATR / Kobe University)

(Mar. 24, 2007, Kobe University)