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Dr Shunichi Ishihara
The Australian National University
School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific
Canberra, ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA
Shunichi.Ishihara@anu.edu.au
Phone: + 61 2 6125 4656
Fax: + 61 2 6125 3144
Room: e335 Baldessin Precinct Building 

Research

The following five projects are currently under progress.

Possible Research Topics

I am more than happy to supervise those postgraduate students who are interested in experimental phonetics, speech processing and language processing. Please feel free to contact me to discuss a possibly of conducting your postgraduate study in my lab. 


An Acoustic-Phonetic Descriptive Analysis of Japanese Dialects

This is a largely extended project from my PhD study, and probably this will be my life-long project.

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Greater Realism in Forensic Speaker Recognition

This project is a collaboration with Dr Phil Rose, ANU and Dr Yuko Kinoshita, UC, and funded by the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics.

There is a growing number of FSR studies which report reasonably good forensic discriminability of speakers using vowel parameters. These studies attempt to simulate some forensically realistic conditions, but all fall short of true realism in one way or another. For example, Rose et al. (2003) used non-contemporaneous telephone samples, but the choice of segments was unrealistic and the material well controlled. Our pilot study aims at greater realism by using UNCONTROLLED NATURAL NON-CONTEMPORANEOUS speech collected from a relatively LARGE number of speakers.
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The Anatomy of Marking: Japanese Learners' Compositions

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The Idiosyncrasy of Individual Speakers

This is a spin-off study from my forensic speaker recognition studies.

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Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training and Assessment for Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

This project is largely inspired and motivated by Dr Chiharu Tsurutani, Griffith University, and funded by the ANU Teaching Enhancement Grants.

This project aims to enhance the quality, autonomy, and flexibility of the student learning experience in a foreign language through the innovative use of a Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training and Assessment (CAPTA) software called Pronunciation Check. In this project, Pronunciation Check will be trialled, implemented and assessed at Written Japanese B (approximately 70 students) which is a first year core course offered at the Japan Centre, ANU in S2, 2009.

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