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Miwako Hisagi, PhD

Visiting Professor (Speech Communication Studies)

PhD, City University of New York (CUNY) - Graduate Center (GC)
MA, George Mason University

Iona College
Department of Speech-Communication Studies
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 633-2176
E-mail mhisagi@iona.edu

Office Location:
18 President Street Room 105

Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Thursdays 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Also by appointment

Bio:
Miwako Hisagi received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) - Graduate Center (GC). While there, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Speech Acoustic and Perception Lab (SAPL) and the Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab (DNL). She also graduated from George Mason University (VA) with an M.A. in English (Linguistics) and a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Her research interests are cross-linguistic speech production and perception and the Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) study in speech perception.

Research Interests
Dr. Hisagi’s interests are cross-linguistic speech production and perception and the Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) study in speech perception. She was previously involved with the speech perception and production project for cochlear implant patients.  She is currently conducting research on American listeners who are learning Japanese by examining their perception of Japanese vowels using both electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) measures and behavioral tasks. The current research explores the automaticity of the effects of language experience and attentional focus.

Specializations:
•    Speech Perception and Production
•    Cross-linguistic study
•    Bilingualism

Licensures/Certifications:
ACTFL OPI Full Tester Certification in Japanese

Awards:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Enhancement Award
(Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences) (2005~2006)

Classes Taught:
•    SCS 101 Introduction to Oral Communication
•    SCS 363 Phonetics
•    SCS 365 Introduction to Hearing Science

Publications/Presentations:
Recent Publications

  • Strange, W., Hisagi, M., Akahane-Yamada, R. and Kubo, R. (2011). Cross-language perceptual similarity predicts categorial discrimination of American vowels by naïve Japanese listeners. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA). Express letters. Volume 130, Issue 4, pp. EL226-EL231

  • Hisagi, M and Strange, W. (2011). Perception of Japanese temporally-cued contrasts by  American English listeners. Language and Speech, Volume 54 Issue 2 June  pp. 241 – 264.  DOI: 10.1177/0023830910397499.

  • Hisagi, M. (2011). Phoneme. Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.

  • Hisagi, M. (2011). Syllable. Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences. Cambridge University Press.

  • Hisagi, M., Shafer, V.L., Strange, W., and Sussman, E. (2010).  Perception of a Japanese Vowel Length Contrast by Japanese and American English listeners:  Behavioral and Electrophysiological Measures. Brain Research, 1360, pp.89-105.

  • Hisagi, M. Nishi, K. and Strange, W. (2008). Acoustic Properties of Japanese and English Vowels: Effects of Speaking Style and Consonantal Context. In M. Endo-Hudson, Jun, S-A., P, Sells, P.M. Clancy., S. Iwasaki., and S.O., Sohn.  (Eds), Japanese and Korean Linguistics (Proceeding) Volume 13. Stanford: CSLI pp.29-40.

  • Strange, W., Weber, A., Levy, E., Shafiro, V., Hisagi, M, and Nishi, K. (2007).  Acoustic variability within and across German, French, and American English vowels: Phonetic context effects. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA), August 2007, Volume122, Issue 2, pp.1111-1129.

Recent Presentations

  • Bae, S-H, Hisagi, M., and Polinsky, M. (2013). Korean and Japanese Interface Project. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 6-7. Workshop: Information Structure and Word Order: Focusing on Asian Languages.  (Oral presentation)

  • Hisagi, M., Miyagawa, S., Shafer, V. L., Kotek, H., Sugawara, A., Strange, W., and Pantazis, D. (2012). Perception of Japanese vowel duration contrasts by L1 and L2 learners of Japanese: An EEG/MEG study. The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York 10016, May 1-4, 2012. The Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) (Poster Presentation)

  • Ito, K., Strange, W., Hisagi, M., Gilichinskaya,Y., Kresh, S., Rosas, J., Vidal, N., and Shafer, V. L. (2012). Neurophysiological Evidence of Preattentive Discrimination of English Vowel Contrasts by Japanese Learners of English. The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York 10016, May 1-4, 2012. The Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) (Poster Presentation)

  • Hisagi, M., Shafer, V. L., Miyagawa, S., and Strange, W. (2011). Neurophysiological indices of automaticity in Japanese L2 speech perception. Second Language Research Forum (SLRF), Iowa State University, USA, 13 October - 16 October 2011. (Oral Presentation)

  • M. Matthies, M. Tiede, M. Hisagi and J. Perkell (2011)
    The relation between sibilant production and perception in speakers who use cochlear implants 9th International Seminar on Speech Production (ISSP), Montreal, Canada. June 20-23, 2011 (Oral presentation)

  • J. Perkell, M. Hisagi, H. Lane, M. Tiede, M. Matthies, A. Hanson, S. Ghosh, F. Guenther (2010) Auditory Feedback and Vowel Imitation. 2010 Motor Speech Conference in Savannah, GA. March 4-7, 2010. (Oral presentation)

  • Shafer, V., Schwartz, R., Datta, H., Hestvik, A., Garrido-Nag, K., Hisagi, M. and Y, Yu. (2009) Differences in Allocation of Attentional Resources Between Monolingual and Bilingual Adults and Children. 2009 Georgetown University Round Table (GURT) on Languages and Linguistics. Washington D.C. March 13-15, 2009. (3 hour colloquium session)

Recent Invited Talks

  • Harvard University: Linguistics-The Polinsky Language Sciences Lab: Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

  • Presentation titled: “Brain Based Applications of Second Language Acquisition: ERP Indices of Automaticity in Japanese L2 Speech Perception”

  • George Mason University: Linguistics Colloquium: Thursday, November 15, 2012
    George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
    Presentation titled “Brain Bases of Second Language Acquisition”

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Phonology Circle: Monday, October 22, 2012
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
    Presentation titled “Perception of Japanese vowel duration contrasts by L1 and L2 learners of Japanese: An EEG/MEG study

  • Tohoku University (Japan): Linguistic Research Forum: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
    Tohoku University, Graduate School of Arts and Letters: Linguistic Studies. Miyagi, Japan.
    Presentation titled "Brain Bases of Language Acquisition:  ERP indices of speech processing in Monolinguals, Bilinguals & Second Language Learners." 

  • Boston Japanese Research Forum: Saturday, October 16th. 2010
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
    Presentation titled “Speech and Hearing: What is Cochlear Implant? How do bilinguals deal with sound? - Why do we need to good take care of our ears? What does speaking and listening mean?" 

  • The Massachusetts General Hospital: Voice Center Research Forum: Friday, May 16th. 2008 Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation
    Massachusetts General Hospital, One Bowdoin Square, 11th Floor Boston, MA 02114
    Presentation titled "Brain Bases of Language Acquisition:  ERP indices of speech processing in Monolinguals, Bilinguals & Second Language Learners." 

 Conference organized (2011-2012)

  • Organizing Committees: Valerie L. Shafer (CUNY-GC) & Elyse S. Sussman (Albert Einstein College of Medicine); Miwako Hisagi (CUNY-GC)
    May 1-4, 2012 The Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN)
    The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016

Affiliations:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Harvard University
The City University of New York (CUNY) – Graduate Center (GC)