Saya Kawase

Research StudentSaya Kawase

Research Program: Multisensory Communication

Thesis Title

Foreign-accented speech production and perception: Examination of the role of native speech rhythm in non-native speech production.

Research Project

I am interested in the visual speech effect on foreign-accented speech perception, that is, how articulatory motions produced by non-native talkers affect the perception by native listeners.

While visual speech is facilitative in speech perception with native speech, a recent finding has revealed that there is a possibility of an inhibitory visual effect due to a mismatch between auditory and visual speech information when perceiving speech produced by non-native talkers.

My PhD project will examine the visual speech effect in foreign-accented speech perception with a focus in speech rhythm, and hopefully help further understandings of foreign-accented speech perception in both auditory and visual domains.

Qualifications and Honours

  • 2012 – Master of Arts in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    Thesis: Effects of visual speech information on native listener judgments of L2 consonants
  • 2010 – Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, School of Education, Waseda University, Japan
    Thesis: Effects of audiovisual and audio training on English vowel perception for Japanese EFL learners


For a full listing of my publications please see my personal publications page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Saya
Phone+61 2 9772 6142
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)