Shigeko Shinohara


Présentation et contact

Shigeko Shinohara est Chargée de Recherche Hors Classe au CNRS.

Email: shigeko.shinohara at
Tel. : +33 (0) 143265717
Adresse postale: ILPGA, 19 rue des Bernardins, 75005 Paris

last update – 22.Apr.2021

Profil et recherches

Research Interests

Phonological Theory, Phonetics-Phonology Interface, Segment-Prosody Interface, L2 Sound Acquisition

Recent Topics

Initial and voiced geminates of Ryukyuan and Japanese dialects, Tonal interpretation of coda feature saliency in White Hmong loanwords, Loanword adaptation and perception of laryngeal contrast in Korean, Influence of prosodic positions on segmental perception, Role of perception in phonology.

Curriculum vitae

Academic Qualifications

2020 Habilitation à diriger des recherches Université de Paris-Paris Diderot
2018 Habilitation à des recherches doctorales Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Ecole Doctorale 622)
2017 Qualification aux fonctions de Professor des universités C.N.U. sec.07
1998/2004 Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences C.N.U. sec.07
1997 Doctorat en Phonétique Université Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle
1992 Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies en Phonétique Université Paris 5 René Descartes
1988 Master of Arts in Phonetics University of London, UK
  Certificate of Experimental Phonetics University College London
1987 Certificate of Proficiency in the Phonetics of English International Phonetic Association
  Certificate of French Phonetics University College London
  Certificate of English Phonetics for Foreign Students University College London

Professional/Academic Experiences

2016- Chargée de recherche (Hors classe, 2020-) Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie, CNRS
2006-2016 Laboratory Head Phonetics Laboratory, Sophia University, Japan
2013-2016 Professor Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Japan
2006-2013 Associate Professor Faculty of Foreign Studies, Sophia University, Japan
2006-2014 Chargée de recherche (détachée) Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neuropsychologie Cognitives (-2011), CNRS
2001-2006 Chargée de recherche Laboratoire de Psychologie Expérimentale, CNRS
2001 Consultant in speech recognition system Telisma, France
1999 Consultant in speech recognition system Speech Works, US
1999 Teaching Fellow Dept. of Linguistics Harvard University, US
1997 Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche Dept. de Sciences du Langage Université Paris 8
1996 Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Linguistics MIT, US

Research Projects/Grants

2020-2025 Research Member Labex EFL: Axe1 Phonological units: content and structure
2019-2020 Research Member The Mitsubishi Foundation Acoustic and articulatory studies of Miyako Ryukyuan language
2016-2019 Research Member Labex EFL: Axe1 Distinctive features
2014-2016 Principal Investigator SOLIFIC (Sophia Linguistic Institute for International Communication) Acoustic and articulatory study of geminates and their phonological structures
2012-2014 Principal Investigator SOLIFIC Coda perception by White Hmong speakers
2009-2011 Principal Investigator SOLIFIC Acoustic and phonological studies of Ryukyuan Taketomi dialect
2007-2012 Principal Investigator of the Division Open Research Center from the Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science & Technology in Japan Role of perception in phonological grammar
2005- Member Phonologie du Français Contemporain (France Norway) Interphonologie du français contemporain – japonais

Research Direction (in phonetics and phonology)

    • Ph.D dissertation direction: 2020- ; 2019-; 2011-2014
    • Member of the jury of PhD.: 2019 (Direction 2013-2016)
    • MA thesis direction (Sophia University, 2006-2015, Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2017-): 22
    • Member of jury of MA theses: 6
    • Undergraduate graduation thesis direction: 9


Graduate courses at Sophia Graduate program in Linguistics, Japan:

    1. Phonology Basic, Spring (90mn/15w, 2010- each year)
    2. Contemporary Issues in Linguistics: Phonology (3h/15w, each year with a different theme):
      • Phonetics in Phonology 2006
      • Introduction to Phonology I Spring 2007
      • Introduction to Phonology II Fall 2007
      • Bilingual Brain, L2 Acquisition, and Loanword Phonology Spring 2008
      • Contrast in Phonology Fall 2009
      • Loanword Phonology Spring 2010
      • Syllable, Fall 2011
      • Loanword Phonology and L2 Perception 2, Fall 2013
      • Prosody-Segment Interface, Fall 2015
    1. French Phonetics and Phonology (3h/15w, Spring 2009)

Undergraduate courses in Department of Linguistics at Sophia University, Japan:

    1. Phonology (90mn/15w, every other year)
    2. Seminar on Phonetics and Phonology (90mn/30w, each year)
    3. Advising Graduation Thesis and Term Papers on various topics in phonetics and phonology

 Undergraduate courses in Department of English at Sophia University, Japan:

    1. English Phonetics I & II (3h/30w, 2006-2008)
    2. English Dialect and Historical Changes (3h/15w, 2006-2009)
    3. Acquisition of Spoken Language (3h/15w, 2009-each year)
    4. Introduction to British and American culture (3h/15w, 2006)
    5. English Phonetics (3h/15w, 2009-each year)
    6. Reading in Bilingualism (90mn/30w, 2010-each year)
    7. Reading in Phonetic Sciences (1.5h/15w, 2013)
    8. Reading in Language Sciences (3h/15w, 2015)

General language course at Sophia University Japan:

-Advanced English (90mn/30w, 2006/2014)

Other teaching

Teaching Fellow at Department of Linguistics at Harvard University, US:

-Phonology, level: Undergraduate (2h/12w, 1999)

ATER at Department of Sciences du Langage at Université Paris 8:

-Phonology, level: License (2.5h/24w, 1997)

Seminar talks at various institutions


Sélection de publications :

#geminate #mora-timing #bimoraicfoot #Japanese #Ryukyuan #Loanwordphonology #L2-perception #consonant-cluster #laryngeal-contrast #Korean

Fujimoto, M., Shinohara, S., and Mochihashi, D. (2021) Articulation of geminate obstruents in the Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan: A real-time MRI analysis. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 1-25.

Hussain, Q. and S. Shinohara (2019) Partial devoicing of voiced geminate stops in Tokyo Japanese, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 145 (1), 149, 2019 149–163.

Shinohara, S. and M. Fujimoto (2018) Acoustic characteristics of the obstruent and nasal geminates in the Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan, In (Ed.) E. Babatsouli, Crosslinguistic research in monolingual and bilingual speech. Chania, Greece: ISMBS, 253-270. ISBN 978-618-82351-2-0.

Fujimoto, M. and S. Shinohara (2018) Articulatory characteristics of geminate plosives of Kumamoto dialect: A case study using MRI, The Phonetic Society of Japan special issue on ‘The phonetics and phonology of a voicing contrast’, vol. 22, 95-108.

Shinohara, S., Q. Hussain, T. Ooigawa (2015) Does allophonic knowledge of L1 contribute to the correct discrimination of non-native sounds? Proc. of the 18th ICPhS, Paper ID : ICPHS0368.

Shinohara, S. (2015) Loanword-specific grammar in Japanese adaptations of Korean words and phrases, Journal of East Asian Linguistics 24:2, 149-191.

Fujimoto, M. and S. Shinohara (2012) 南琉球竹富島の民話と唄 [Folk tales and songs of the Taketomi island of Southern Ryukyuan] (in Japanese), Sophia Linguistica 60, 49-61.

Shinohara, S. and M. Fujimoto (2011) Moraicity of initial geminates in the Tedumuni dialect of Okinawa, Proc. of the 17th ICPhS, 1826-1829.,%20Shigeko/Shinohara,%20Shigeko.pdf

Shinohara, S., S.-R Ji, T. Ooigawa, and T. Shinya (2011) The limited role of perception in Korean loanword adaptation : The Korean three-way laryngeal categorization of Japanese, French, English and Chinese plosives, Lingua, 121, 1461-1484.

Ooigawa, T. and S. Shinohara (2009) Three-way laryngeal categorization of Japanese, French, English and Chinese plosives by Korean speakers, Proc. of Interspeech 2009, 1683-1686.

Amino, K., Ji, S-R. and S. Shinohara (2007) Perception of Japanese plosives by Korean speakers, Proc. of the 16th ICPhS, 1789-1792.

Shinohara, S. (2006) Perceptual effects in final cluster reduction patterns, Lingua 116, 1046-1078.

Kondo, M. and S. Shinohara (2006) Phonological parsing of foreign sound sequences and the effect on speech rhythm. In Karnowski, Paweł & Szigeti, Imre (eds.), Language and Language Processing, 265-274, Peter Lang : Bern, Switzerland. 

Shinohara, S. (2004) Emergence of Universal Grammar in foreign word adaptation. In R.Kager, J. Pater and W. Zonneveld (eds.), Constraints in phonological typology and acquisition, 292-320, Cambridge: CUP.

Kondo, M. and S. Shinohara (2003) Durational evidence of psychological reality of the mora in Japanese speakers’ French, Proc. of the 15th ICPhS, 463-466.

Shinohara, S. (2002) Metrical Constraints and word identity in Japanese compound nouns, in (eds.) A. Csirmaz, Z. Li, A. Nevins, O. Vaysman and M. Wagner Phonological Answers (and their Corresponding Questions) MIT Working Papers in Linguistics #42 spring 2002, 311-328, Cambridge: MITWPL.

Shinohara, S (2000) Default accentuation and foot structure in Japanese : Evidence from Japanese adaptations of French words, Journal of East Asian Linguistics vol. 9, 1, 55-96. ; preprint at

Shinohara, S. (1997) Analyse phonologique de l’adaptation japonaise de mots étrangers (Phonological analyses of Japanese adaptation of foreign words), Doctoral dissertation, University of Paris III.

Shinohara, S. (1996) The Roles of the syllable and the mora in the Japanese adaptations of French words, Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale Vol.25, N°1, 87-112.

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