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Sayako Uehara

(aka Saya)

research

Broadly, my research interests revolve around phonology, phonetics, and sociolinguistics. More specifically, I am interested in experimental phonology, artificial language acquisition, word segmentation, and sociophonetic investigations of sound change in progress.

Word segmentation
Most recently, I have been studying the possible cues to word segmentation for adult Japanese and English speakers, looking at both language-specific (experience based) and language-independent (experience independent) cues, by using an artificial learning paradigm.

Vocalic outliers
In recent years, I have also been studying the perception of vocalic outliers by local Michiganders and how it relates to their participation in sound change.

output

PUBLICATIONS/PROCEEDINGS

Uehara, S., Durvasula, K. & Lin, Y.-H. (in prep.). Reexamining the role of the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation.

Uehara, S., Durvasula, K. & Lin, Y.-H. (2016). Japanese and English speakers are not sensitive to the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation. Proceedings of The Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS 2016), University of Tokyo, Japan.

Durvasula, K., Huang, H.-H., Uehara, S., Luo, Q. & Lin, Y.-H. (under review). Phonology modulates the illusory vowels in perceptual illusions: evidence from Mandarin & English.



CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Uehara, S. & Wagner, S. E. (2018). Outlier perception accuracy for a vowel undergoing language change in progress. Paper to be presented at the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Uehara, S. & Wagner, S. E. (2017). Progressive outliers in listener perception of sound change. Paper to be presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 46, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Uehara, S. (2017). The role of vocalic outliers on the perception of sound change. Methods in Dialectology 16. Tachikawa (NINJAL), Japan.

Uehara, S. (2017). Reexamining the role of the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation. Graduate Linguistics Expo at Michigan State. East Lansing, MI.

Uehara, S., Durvasula, K. & Yen-Hwei L. (2016). Japanese and English speakers are not sensitive to the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation. Cognitive Science Program Poster Session, East Lansing, MI.

Uehara, S., Durvasula, K. & Yen-Hwei L. (2016). There is no effect of the Sonority Sequencing Principle on word segmentation. 21st Mid-Continental Phonetics & Phonology Conference (MidPhon 21), East Lansing, MI, USA.

Durvasula, K., Huang, H.-H., Uehara, S., Luo, Q. & Lin, Y.-H. (2016). Phonology Modulates the Illusory Vowels in Perceptual Illusions. LabPhon 15, Cornell University, USA.

Uehara, S., Durvasula, K. & Yen-Hwei L. (2016). Japanese and English speakers are not sensitive to the Sonority Sequencing Principle in word segmentation. The Japanese Society for Language Sciences (JSLS 2016), University of Tokyo, Japan.

teaching

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 program

  • I've taught 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.


  • awards

    2018. The Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, Michigan State University

    2017. Summer Support Fellowship, The college of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University

    2012. Outstanding Achievement Award in Foreign Language Education/TESOL, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

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