Yukari Hirata - East Asian Languages and Literatures Faculty - Colgate University

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Yukari Hirata

Yukari Hirata

Associate Professor of Japanese
EALL, 9B Lawrence Hall
p 315-228-7720


BA (1988), MA (1990), University of Tsukuba; PhD, University of Chicago, 1999

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, University of Chicago; instructor, Davenport & Bettendorf high schools, Japan International Cooperation Agency


Japanese, phonetics, language acquisition


Second language acquisition, computer-assisted training for the acquisition of second language speech, acoustic analysis of native and non-native speakers' speech

Language Learning and the Liberal Arts

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  • Amano, S. and Hirata, Y. (2010) “Perception and production boundaries between single and geminate stops in Japanese.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 128, No. 4, pp. 2049-2058.
  • Hirata, Y. and Kelly, S. (2010) “Effects of lips and hands on auditory learning of second-language speech sounds.” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 298-310. Project supported by Colgate’s Picker Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 2007-2009.
  • Hirata, Y. (2009) “Factors affecting the perception of Japanese moraic rhythm by second language learners.” Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 33-43.
  • Hirata, Y. and Tsukada, K. (2009) “Effects of speaking rate and vowel length on formant frequency displacement in Japanese.” Phonetica, Vol. 66, pp. 129-149.
  • Hirata, Y., *Whitehurst, E., and *Cullings, E. (2007) “Training native English speakers to identify Japanese vowel length contrast with sentences at varied speaking rates.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 121, No. 6, pp. 3837-3845. Project supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), 2004-2007.
  • Hirata, Y. (2007) “Durational variability and invariance in Japanese stop quantity distinction: Roles of adjacent vowels.” Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 9-22.
  • Hirata, Y. (2006) “Why second language learners of Japanese need to learn difficult minute sounds in connected speech.” In James Dean Brown and Kimi Kondo-Brown (eds), Perspectives on Teaching Connected Speech to Second Language Speakers (pp. 231-243). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, National Foreign Language Resource Center.
  • Hirata, Y. and *Whiton, J. (2005) “Effects of speaking rate on the single/geminate stop distinction in Japanese.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 118, No. 3, pp. 1647-1660. American Institute of Physics.
  • Hirata, Y. and Lambacher, S. G. (2004) “Role of word-external contexts in native speakers’ identification of vowel length in Japanese.” Phonetica, Vol. 61, pp. 177-200. S. Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers.
  • Hirata, Y. (2004) “Training native English speakers to perceive Japanese length contrasts in word versus sentence contexts.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 116, No. 4, pp. 2384-2394. American Institute of Physics.
  • Hirata, Y. (2004) “Effects of speaking rate on the vowel length distinction in Japanese.” Journal of Phonetics, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 565-589. Elsevier Ltd.
  • Hirata, Y. (2004) “Computer assisted pronunciation training for native English speakers learning Japanese pitch and durational contrasts.” Computer Assisted Language Learning, Vol. 17, No. 3-4, pp. 357-376. Taylor & Francis Publishers.
  • Hirata, Y. (1990) “Perception of geminated stops in Japanese word and sentence levels.” The Phonetic Society of Japan, No. 194, pp. 23-28.
  • Hirata, Y. (1990) “Perception of geminated stops in Japanese word and sentence levels by English-speaking learners of Japanese language.” The Phonetic Society of Japan, No. 195, pp. 4-10.


  • National Science Foundation Grant, :RUI (Research in Undergraduate Institutions): Effects of hand gesture on auditory and vocabulary learning of a second language" (with Spencer Kelly), 2011-2014
  • Grant from the Picker Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Science and Mathematics, Colgate University (with Spencer Kelly), 2007-2009
  • Mellon Sabbatical Enhancement Grant, Research Council of Colgate University, 2007-2008
  • National Science Foundation Grant, "RUI : Effects of speaking rate on native English speakers’ acquisition of Japanese vowel length contrast" (Principal Investigator), 2004-2007
  • Freeman Foundation Student/Faculty Research Initiative, Asian Studies Program, 2005-2006. Project title: "Perception of Kagoshima dialect in various regions of Japan"
  • Picker Research Fellowship, Colgate University, 2002-2003
  • Japan Foundation Grant, Japanese-Language Teaching Materials Program, April 2000
  • Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning for creating training programs for learners of Japanese, 1997-1999
  • Linguistic Society of America, LSA Summer Linguistic Institute, Cornell University, 1997