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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Name: Takako  Toda
Institution: Waseda University
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Homepage: http://faculty.web.waseda.ac.jp/toda/
State and/or Country: NA
Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics
Subject Language(s): Japanese
Language Family(ies): Japanese Family
Selected Publications: "Acoustic Quantification of Tone Spreading in Daishan and Mende", Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale Vol.XVIII, No.1, p63-80.
"Interlanguage Phonology: Acquisition of Timing Control by Australian Learners of Japanese",Australian Review of Applied Linguistics17/2, Journal of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, p51-76.
“The role of paralinguistic information in communication: A study on Back-channels in Japanese”,2001 Symposium on Japanese Language Education, Cambridge.
Second Language Speech Perception and Production: Acquisition of Phonological Contrasts in Japanese, University Press of America
Courses Taught: Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics
Dissertation Abstract: Interlanguage Phonology: Acquisition of timing control and perceptual categorization of durational contrast in Japanese

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