I am (co-)supervising a number of PhD theses at Shanghai International Studies University and abroad.
- Marjoleine Sloos (University of Groningen, Netherlands, February 2013): Phonological Grammar and Frequency: An Integrated Approach. Evidence from German, Indonesian, and Japanese
- Yu Wenting (SISU, May 2012): Monitoring and Self-Repair Patterns in Consecutive Interpretation. A Corpus Study Based on Students’ Consecutive Interpreting Examination Performance
- Cheng Bing (SISU, May 2010): The Relation between Speech Perception and Production in Adult Learners of English as a Second Language - Implications for Phonetic Training
- Yang Zhongwei (SISU): History, Present and Future of English Strong Verbs
- Luo Mingxiong (SISU): Syllable Structure in Chinese: An X-bar Approach
- Zhang Xuhong (SISU): Contrastive Analysis of English and Chinese Phonology
- Finished MA theses at SISU:
- Wu Minghui (2012): An OT Account of liquid (l, r) Adaptation in Chinese Loanword Phonology
- Wang Mingjue (2012): A Study of Chinese Swear Word Usage on the internet
- Yan Beili (2012): Personal Name Identification in an Unknown Language
- Yuan Minxing (2011): The Influence of L1 Background on Learning Mandarin Tones
- Xu Zhaoben (2011): An Optimality Theory Analysis of Tone Sandhi in Trisyllabic Compounds in the Chongming Dialect
Many more MA theses in progress! Get in touch if you have an idea or require inspiration!
Together with Tetsuo Nishihara, I guest-edited a special issue of the journal Lingua on the topic of morphological variation in Japanese. Included are papers which border on the morphology-phonology interface, the morphology-syntax/semantics interface, dialect variation in accent assignment, and historical variation and change. Variety/variation/variability is the spice of life! This issue appeared in 2010 (in Lingua 120, 2319-2423).
- Jeroen van de Weijer (Shanghai International Studies University) and Tetsuo Nishihara (Miyagi University of Education): Morphological Variation in Japanese
- Haruo Kubozono (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics): Accentuation of Alphabetic Acronyms in Varieties of Japanese
- Kuniya Nasukawa (Tohoku Gakuin University): No Consonant-Final Stems in Japanese Verb Morphology
- Kunio Nishiyama (Ibaraki University): Penultimate Accent in Japanese Predicates and the Verb-Noun Distinction
- Takayasu Namiki (Ibaraki University): Morphological Variation in Japanese Compounding: The Case of Hoodai and the notion of “compound-specific submeaning”
- Yoko Yumoto (Osaka University): Variation in N-V Compound Verbs in Japanese
- Taro Kageyama (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics): Variation between Endocentric and Exocentric Word Structures
In the Kaken project on "Autonomy, harmony and typology" applied for by Prof. Haraguchi (Meikai University, Japan), I try to combine current phonological theory with results in psycholinguistics. I presented a first version of this theory at the 13th International Conference of Contemporary Linguistics (2010) in Shanghai, at East China Normal University (keynote address) and shorter results in Korea and elsewhere. This project is still very much in progress. A monograph on this topic was published in 2012 by Kougaku Publishers in Nagoya. See publications for results and talks on this topic.
In 2009, my "Oriental Scholar" project proposal was awarded by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. In this project I wish to investigate the interaction between tone and nasality (i.e. nasal vowels and consonants and rules of vowel nasalization) in a variety of situations: in synchronic grammars, in the history of languages, and from a sociolinguistic perspective. There are three subprojects:
- Tone on oral and nasal vowels - a phonetic and cross-linguistic investigation. This will be a synchronic project documenting the occurrence (and distributional restrictions) of tone on vowels in languages that have oral and nasal vowels.
- The role of nasals in tonogenesis - this project will examine a number of cases of tonogenesis around the world, paying special attention to the role of nasals.
- Tone and nasalization - here there will be three subprojects, each focusing on one Chinese dialect with an ongoing rule of vowel nasalization, finding out the interaction with tone.
All projects are clearly interrelated and will require a strong team. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact me.
This project, resulting from a conference on phonology and phonetics that was held here in Shanghai in May 2010, aims at shedding just a little bit more light on the interaction between higher prosodic units. e.g. tone and stress, intonation and tone, etc. Recently instrumental techniques have become available that make the investigation of such interactions more possible, and recent theories are also able to address the interaction between these factors (as opposed to their individual characteristics) in a more coherent way. This collection of papers was accepted by the international journal The Linguistic Review (Mouton de Gruyter), and was published as their first issue of 2012.
– Marc Brunelle, Kieu Phuong Ha & Martine Grice: Intonation in Northern Vietnamese.
– Yueh-chin Chang & Feng-fan Hsieh: Tonal coarticulation in Malaysian Hokkien: A typological anomaly?
– Carlos Gussenhoven & Frank van den Beuken: Contrasting the High Rise and the Low Rise intonations in a dialect with the Franconian tone: The case of Helden (Netherlands).
– Haruo Kubozono: Word-Level vs. Sentence-Level Prosody in Koshikijima Japanese.
– Yi Xu, Szu-wei Chen & Bei Wang: Prosodic focus with and without post-focus compression: A typological divide within the same language family?
There is much to learn from loanwords. How do they get integrated into the recipient language? What is the role of grammar and usage? Is there a relation between second-language learning and loanword integration? These were some of the questions discussed at a conference held in Shanghai in May 2012. A special issue on this topic is now in preparation.
This project, which formed the topic of a workshop in Japan in October 2010, aims at investigating a number of aspects of Japanese segmental phonology (as opposed to prosodic changes, dialect differences between accent assignment, etc.). Of course, segmental rules are often also tied inextricably to morphological factors and to prosody, so that these aspects still play an important role. A third factor linked to variation is loanword incorporation, and this will also be covered. This study will draw attention to new data in several aspects and aims at giving variation a proper place in phonological theory. The end result of this project will be published in January 2013 by Kaitakusha Publishers, Tokyo. Table of contents is here (PDF).
Personal names are special and interesting in so many ways: they are spelled differently from common nouns in many languages and they have many special syntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties. Are they also phonetically different from common nouns? This is a question which I focus on in joint research with Joost van de Weijer (Lund University), Yan Beili (in her MA thesis, see above) and others.
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