Paper submissions

Papers must be submitted via email and they will be peer reviewed prior to acceptance.
Please submit a paper of at least 4 pages (max. 6 pages including references) in PDF format, using the Microsoft Word template available here and please note that all accepted submissions will be archived in an International Speech Communication Association (ISCA) repository.

Important dates

Abstract submissions (Extended deadline) 31 May, 2018
Abstract submissions 18 May, 2018
Notice of acceptance 4 July, 2018
Camera-ready abstract 14 July, 2018
Presenters must register by 19 July, 2018
Early-bird registration 19 July, 2018
Conference dates 19–21 Sep., 2018
Papers due for proceedings 7 Oct., 2018
Reviewers' feedback 4 Nov., 2018
Revise and resubmit 18 Nov., 2018

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Registration fee includes the cost of the workshops, banquet (Sept. 20), two lunches (Sept. 19-20), snacks, and refreshments during the conference.

  • Non-students: 20,000 JPY (25,000 JPY after early-bird)
  • Students: 10,000 JPY (15,000 JPY after early-bird)

After registration, send us an email if you need an invitation letter for visa purposes (indicate your full name, affiliation, address, and country)

  • If registering as student, you must bring your student ID to the conference
  • Participants must use their own computer, tablet or smartphone to pay.
  • Credit card payment only. No cash, either in Japanese or foreign currency is accepted.
  • Advance registration is highly recommended.

Keynote speakers

Tracey M. Derwing

Tracey Derwing is a professor emeritus of TESL in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, and an adjunct professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. In collaboration with Dr. Murray Munro, she has carried out extensive research on issues of second language learners’ oral fluency and pronunciation, particularly the extent to which accent interferes with intelligibility and comprehensibility. Recently, they published a book entitled Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research.

"Putting an Accent on the Positive: Making the Most of L2 Pronunciation Instruction"

Shigeto Kawahara

Shigeto Kawahara is an Associate Professor in the Keio Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies. He obtained his PhD in linguistics in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and taught phonetics and phonology at the University of Georgia and Rutgers University, before moving to Keio. He’s an author of three introductory phonetics books and has published many research articles in prestigious international journals.

"Teaching phonetics using sound symbolism"

Takayuki Arai

Takayuki Arai is a Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at Sophia University. For the last twenty years, he has been teaching acoustic phonetics for not only technical students but also humanities students, and has been establishing a way to teach the subject in an intuitive way. Different types of vocal-tract models are developed for this purpose, but they are now extended to use for education in science and foreign pronunciation for everybody including children.

"Intuitive education in acoustic phonetics and speech science"

This lecture will be part of his Distinguished Lecturer tour for ISCA

Natasha Warner

Natasha Warner (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, 1998) is a professor and department head of the Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona. Her research is divided between phonetics/psycholinguistics and language revitalization. Her primary research area within phonetics is reduced, spontaneous speech. In language revitalization, she works with the Mutsun tribe of California to revitalize their dormant language.

"Spontaneous speech in the teaching of phonetics and speech perception"


"Ultrasound biofeedback in pronunciation teaching and learning"

Bryan Gick & Sonya Bird

In this workshop some of the basic techniques of using ultrasonic imagery of speech articulators to improve pronunciation (either teaching or learning), their benefits, challenges, and limitations will be discussed.

"Introduction to statistical analysis of phonetic data in R"

Julián Villegas

In this workshop we will present one case study where repeated measures ANOVA has been used on measuring fundamental frequencies in vowels spoken by different speakers. We will explain step by step how to import data into R (free statistical software), do the analysis, plots, etc.


  • Teaching general phonetics to major students
  • Teaching general phonetics to non-major students
  • Teaching phonetics of a specific language
  • Teaching pronunciation in monolingual classes
  • Teaching pronunciation in multilingual classes
  • Teaching L2 pronunciation in L1/L2
  • Teaching pronunciation to adults
  • Teaching pronunciation to young students
  • Phonetics in teacher training
  • Phonetics in immersion classes
  • L2 pronunciation acquisition
  • Teaching prosody
  • Socio-phonetic factors in the classroom
  • Phonetics/pronunciation training tools
  • Technology for teaching phonetics/pronunciation
  • Other related topics

Technical program committee

  • Takayuki Arai (Sophia University, Japan)
  • Michael Ashby (University College London, England)
  • Patricia Ashby (University of Westminster, England)
  • Catherine Best (Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Sonya Bird (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Donald Derrick (University of Canterbury, NZ)
  • Tracey M. Derwing (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Donna Erickson (Haskins Laboratories, USA)
  • Robert Fuchs (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Tetsuo Harada (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Yukari Hirata (Colgate University, USA)
  • Toshiko Isei-Jaakkola (Chubu University, Japan)
  • Shigeto Kawahara (Keio University, Japan)
  • Alexei Kochetov (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Steve Lambacher (Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan)
  • Seunghun Lee (International Christian University, Japan)
  • John Levis (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Takehiko Makino (Chuo University, Japan)
  • Mizuki Miyashita (University of Montana, USA)
  • Murray Munro (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Ben Munson (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Jim Scobbie (Queen Margaret University, Scotland)
  • Jane Setter (University of Reading, England)
  • Jason Shaw (Yale University, USA)
  • Keiichi Tajima (Hosei University, Japan)
  • Tim Vance (Komatsu University, Japan)
  • Natasha Warner (University of Arizona, USA)
  • Stefan Werner (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)
  • Ian Wilson (University of Aizu, Japan)

Access and Venue

Organizing committee

  • Ian Wilson [Chair]
  • John Blake
  • Younghyon Heo
  • Emiko Kaneko
  • Jeremy Perkins
  • Julián Villegas
  • Takako Yasuta

Sponsors and supporters

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