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Professors in the CLR have a variety of research interests and publish widely. Some of them have their own labs and supervise undergraduate and/or graduate students there, while others carry out their research in the classroom or in other venues. Professors in the CLR have a proven track record of successful grant applications on all levels: national, prefectural, university-internal, and others.


Various sources of funding exist for CLR professors and we have been very successful at obtaining funding at all levels: (1) funding at the national government level - a.k.a. "kakenhi", (2) funding at the Fukushima prefectural level - a.k.a "kenzaidan", (3) funding available internally at the U of Aizu - "Competitive Research Funding", and (4) other special funding.

Current grants:

Years (April – March) Professor(s) Role Title
2022–2025 Will Lingle P.I. Using eye tracking to investigate inference generation during L2 reading
2022–2025 Jeremy Perkins P.I. F0 cue conflicts between tone and consonant effects
2022–2025 John Blake P.I. Natural language generation of trend descriptions for pedagogic purposes
2022–2025 Ian Wilson Co-Investigator 調音音韻論とジェスチャー音声表現から見た韻律階層 [Articulatory Phonology and prosodic hierarchy in terms of gestural phonetic expression]
2021–2022 John Blake P.I. Proof-of-concept software to detect computer-generated papers - Source: Aston Institute of Forensic Linguistics
2020–2023 Ian Wilson P.I. Articulatory settings of English, Japanese, and Chinese bilingual and trilingual speakers
2020–2023 Debopriyo Roy & John Blake P.I. & Co-Investigator Preparing Computer Science Students for Job Interviews with English Video Production and Analysis
2020–2023 Peter Ilic & Debopriyo Roy P.I. & Co-Investigator Using Machine Learning to Identify Learner Styles across Devices in Online EFL Lessons
2020–2023 John Blake Co-Investigator Cross-disciplinary approach to prosody-based automatic speech processing and its application to computer-assisted language teaching
2020–2023 Ian Wilson Co-Investigator インターフェイスにみる英語プロソディの習得と視覚情報を活用した学習法の開発
2019–2022 Allan Nicholas & John Blake P.I. & Co-Investigator Developing a diagnostic language assessment of Japanese EFL learners' English language email writing
2019–2022 John Blake P.I. Feature visualizer and detector for scientific texts

MORE grants that current CLR members hold or have held in the past


A list of some selected publications by current CLR professors can be found here: PUBLICATIONS.


Within the CLR, there are currently 4 labs:
CLR Phonetics Lab ● L2 phonetics, Aizu dialect, ...
Technical Communication Lab ● human-computer interaction, tech. docs, ...
Texts and Tools (TNT) Lab ● online tools helping people learn English
Speech Communication Lab ● L2 English spoken and written communication