B Arts, M Arts, PhD
- Second Language Phonetics and Phonology
- Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics
Current teaching areas
- Japanese linguistics
- Japanese language
- Second language acquisition
- Phonetics and Phonology
Research supervision areas
Chiharu's research area is second language phonetics and phonology. Over the past few years, she has been involved in the development of an assessment program of L2 pronunciation. In the process of searching the way to raise the accuracy of the program, the issue of intelligibility of foreign accents and the level of acceptability of speech deviation emerged. This is her current research topic. It also led her to consider the perception of foreign accents by native speakers in various social contexts, which is another area she is currently interested in. Other areas of interest – second language acquisition, Japanese linguistics, second language teaching methods.
- 2008 Pronunciation and Rhythm of Japanese as a second language, Keisuisha, Japan
- 2012, 'Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training and Assessment (CAPTA) Programs: Requirements, The Current State of Affairs and Challenges for Future', in B. Zous (eds.) Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, IGI Global, 276-288.
- 2016 Tsurutani, C Prosodic characteristics of Japanese polite speech spoken by native speakers, Journal of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (forthcoming).
- 2015, Tsurutani, C. and Imura, T. " Designing online assignments for Japanese language teaching" JALT CALL Vol 11, Issue 3, 255-270.
- 2014, Gu, W., Zhang, T. and Tsurutani, C. "Segmental and tonal errors in L2 mandarin speech production by Australian English learners" 15th Australian International Speech Science and Technology conference proceedings, Christchurch, 50-53.
- 2014, Tsurutani, C. and Ishihara, S. ' Prosodic factors that affect the accentedness of L2 Japanese utterance - What matters most?', LCNAU Second Biennial Colloquium, 395-410.
- 2013, Zhang, T. and Tusurtani, C. 'Perceptual study and teaching methods on speech prosody for Mandarin as a second language', Journal of School of Chinese Language and Culture Nanjing Normal University, Vol. 4, 165-172.
- 2013, Tsurutani, C. and Luo, D. 'Naturalness Judgement of L2 Mandarin Chinese - Does timing matter?', INTERSPEECH 2013.
- 2013, Tsurutani, C. and Selvanathan, A. 'Influence of generational cohort and experience with non-native speakers on evaluation of speakers with foreign-accented apeech', International Journal of the Sociology of Language, No. 24 November, 43-64.
- 2012, Tsurutani, C. 'Evaluation of Speakers with Foreign-accented Speech in Japan: The Effect of Accent Produced by English Native Speakers', Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Vol. 33, issue 6. 589-603. Available online.
- 2012 Tsurutani, C. and Ishihara, S. 'Naturalness Judgement of Prosodic Variation of Japanese Utterances with Prosody Modified Stimuli, Interspeech 2012. Available online [PDF 234k].
- 2011 Tsurutani, C. and Eisenchlas, S. 'You sound attractive! Perceptions of accented English in a multilingual environment', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 218-238. Available online.
- 2011 Tsurutani, C. 'L2 Intonation: A study of L1 transfer in Japanese intonation by English-speaking learners', Second Language, 79-102. Available online [PDF 5mb].
- 2011 Tsurutani, C., Ishihara, S. and Tsukada, K. 'What Constitutes "Good Pronunciation" from L2 Japanese Learners' and Native Speakers' Perspectives? A Perception Study', Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, Vol. 8, Suppl. 1, 277-290. Available online.
- 2011 Tsurutani, C., Kato, S., Short, G., Minematsu, N. and Hirose, K., 'Comparisons of native and Non-native evaluation of the naturalness of Japanese words with prosody modified through voice morphing', Speech and Language Technology in Education, 145-148. Available online.
- 2010 Tsurutani, C. 'Foreign accent matters most when timing is wrong', INTERSPEECH 2010, Tokyo, 1854-57. Available online.
- 2010 Tsurutani, C., Tsukada, K. and Ishihara, S. 'Comparison of Native and Non-native Perception of L2 Japanese Speech Varying in Prosodic Characteristics', The proceedings of 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 122-125. Available online.
- 2009 Tsurutani, C. 'Intonation of Japanese sentences by English speakers', INTERSPEECH 2009, Brighton, 692-695. Available online.
- 2008 'A Computer Program for Pronunciation Training and Assessment in Japanese Language Classrooms - Experimental use of Pronunciation check', Journal of Japan Studies Association of Australia, 305-315. Available online.
- 2007 'Early acquisition of palato-alveolar consonants in Japanese-Phoneme Frequescies in child-directed speech', Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan, Vol.11 No. 1 April, 102-110. Available online.
- 2007 'Acquisition of geminate consonants by English speaking learners of Japanese', The Review of Asian and Pacific Studies, No. 32, 1-17. Available online.
- 2006 'Development of a program for self assessment of Japanese pronunciation by English learners' (with A/Prof. Yamauchi, and A/Prof. Minematsu) The International Congress of Spoken Language Processing, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 841-844. Available online.
- 2006 'Difficulty of Japanese pronunciation for second language learners', Phonetic Society of Japan, 20th Annual Conference, Juntendo University, Tokyo, 51-56.
- 2004 'Acquisition of Yo-on (Japanese contracted sounds) in L1 and L2 phonology in Japanese Second Language Acquisition', Journal of Second Language, Vol.3, May 2004 pp. 27-48. Available online PDF [5mb].
- 2003 ''Speech rate and perception of geminate consonants and long vowels - The study of English learners of Japanese', Journal of Japanese Language Teaching, 51-64.
- 2002 'Acquisition of Yo-on in L1 phonology', at the 8th conference on Laboratory Phonology at Yale University, USA, June 2002.
- 2000 'Perception of mora timing by English learners of Japanese' in Conference Proceeding of the 8th Australian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 62-67.
- 1998 'Optimality theory and Linier modeling of Japanese word blends', in SIGPHON'98 The computation of phonological constraints: Proceedings of the COLING-ACL workshop, August 1998.
- 1996 'Prosodic template in word blending: A comparison between native Japanese and English learners of Japanese', in Conference Proceedings of Speech Science and Technology, 515-520.
- 1996 'A study of the correlation between durational mistakes and pitch pattern in English speakers' production of Japanese', in Conference Proceeding of the 4th International symposium on Language and Linguistics Vol 4, 1478 - 1498.
- 1992 'Experimental use of a VTR to stimulate conversational Performance in Japanese Language Classes', (Production of a video as a class activity) in Conference Proceeding Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association, 272-278.
2015 10th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship (博報財団国際日本研究フェローシップ")
- "Prosodic characteristics in polite utterance by native and non-native speakers of Japanese", September 2015 - February 2016
2014 Griffith Grant for Learning and Teaching
- "Designing online language courses for optimal language learning - Maintaining oral/aural language proficiency in an online learning environment"
2014 Australian Speech Science and technology Association Research Event Award
- "Prosody training - How to apply linguistic knowledge to foreign language teaching and learning"
2011 Queensland Program for Japanese Education / Japanese Studies Research Programs
- Evaluation of speakers with foreign accented speech in Japan
- Effect of accentedness produced by English native speakers
2011 Griffith University, Arts, Education and Law group - Research grant
- 'An investigation of the level of intelligibility-using English learners of Japanese'
2009-2012 Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Grant (Kaken)
- Development of an Automatic Evaluation System of Reading-Aloud and Shadowing Performances by Foreign Language Learners Using Speech Information Processing Technology (as an overseas collaborator) Chief Investigator - Professor Yutaka Yamauchi
2010 GIER Annual Fellow Award
2009 Queensland Program for Japanese Language Education Grant
- 'Intonation of Japanese – variation and acceptability'
2008 Queensland Program for Japanese Language Education Grant
- 'Evaluation of use of a Computer Assisted Pronunciation Teaching and Assessment (CAPTA) software for Japanese language education'
2005-2006 Matsushita Foundation (Panasonic) Research Grant
- 'Development of a self assessment program of Japanese pronunciation by English learners' (Team members: Associate Prof. Yamauchi, Associate Prof. Minematsu)
2005 Australian Speech Science and Technology Association Event Award
- 'Assessing Spoken Language Proficiencies' (Team member: Dr Ingram)
2004 Griffith University New Researcher Grant
- 'Acquisition of palato-alveolar consonants by Japanese children'