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Sayako Uehara

(aka Saya)

research interests

My research interests revolve around phonology, phonetics, and sociolinguistics. Most recently, I have been studying the possible cues to word segmentation for adult speakers, looking at both language specific (experience based) and language independent (experience independent) cues.

I have also investigated the effect of vocalic outliers on perception for one of my qualifying papers.

teaching experience

at MSU

August 2013 - Present

  • First year Japanese (JPN 101 & 102)
  • Second year Japanese (JPN 201 & 202)
  • Japanese pragmatics and linguistics (JPN 350)


  • in Japan

    Summer of 2014, 2015 & 2016

  • I'm an instructor at the intensive summer language program offered by the Hokkaido International Foundation.


  • TESOL

    January-May 2011

  • I also hold a Master's degree in TESOL and have interned at NYU's American Language Institute.


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