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Jose Joaquin Atria

Research Student

Email: j.atria.11@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: Valerie Hazan

Subsidary Supervisor: Paul Iverson

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JJ Atria

Research Interests

My PhD research is the continuation of experiments performed as a collaborator in a team of researchers in Japan. On that occasion, we took an initial view on the effect of sentence type on the perception Japanese students of Spanish had of the position of Spanish stress. This time, I want to examine those results deeper, and to look at the other side of the picture as well, working with Spanish speakers studying Japanese. I am interested in looking at the way in which suprasegmental traits from a second language are acquired, since there seems to be plenty of research being done on what happens at the segmental level.

These interests are not new. With Spanish as my native language, I have always been interested in the nature of lexical stress: how it is produced and perceived, the effects it has on the way people pronounce words and on how these words change over time, and how some languages completely ignore it while others base meaningful contrasts based on its position. At the same time, my interest in second language learning stems from my own experiences studying Japanese and the insight it gave me into the difficulties it entails.

My research if funded by CONICYT, the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research.

Dissertations

Atria, J.J. (2009) Estrategias de resolución de choques acentuales en el castellano hablado en Santiago de Chile. Undergraduate Dissertation, PUC, Chile.

Publications

Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Toyomaru, A., Atria, J.J. (accepted) Influencia de la entonación española en la percepción del acento por parte de estudiantes japoneses. Estudios de Fonética Experimental. Barcelona

Atria, J.J. (2009) Estrategias de resolución de choques acentuales en el castellano hablado en Santiago de Chile. Onomázein, 19. Santiago: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 11-31.

Alfero, D., Atria, J.J., Sologuren, E. (2008) Lexicografía chilena finisecular: Voces usadas en Chile de Aníbal Echeverría y Reyes (1900). Onomázein, 18. Santiago. 113-137.

Presentations

Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Toyomaru, A., Atria, J.J. (2011) Perception of Spanish Accent Position in Rising Intonation by Japanese Learners. Poster presentation. Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia 2011. Tarragona, Spain.

Atria, J.J., Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Toyomaru, A. (2010) Influence of Sentence Intonation in the Perception of Spanish Accent Position by Japanese Learners. Poster presentation. International Symposium on Accent and Tone 2010. Tokyo, Japan.

Takasawa, M., Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Toyomaru, A., Atria, J.J. (2010) 日本人スペイン語学習者によるスペイン語の平叙文と疑問文のイントネーションの知覚. 56º Congreso de la Asociación Japonesa de Hispanistas. Osaka, Japan.

Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Toyomaru, A., Atria, J.J. (2010) A Pilot Study on the Perception of Spanish Stress by Japanese Learners of Spanish. INTERSPEECH 2010 Satellite Workshop on Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology. Tokyo, Japan.

Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Toyomaru, A., Atria, J.J. (2010) 日本人スペイン語学習者によるスペイン語の強勢の知覚―上昇イントネーションの場合―. The Twenty-Fourth General Meeting of the Phonetic Society of Japan. Tokyo, Japan.

Toyomaru, A., Kimura, T., Sensui, H., Takasawa, M., Atria, J.J. (2010) スペイン語の語強勢の知覚にイントネーションの型が与える影 響に関する一考察 ―母語話者を対象とした知覚実験―. 48º Congreso de la Sociedad Japonesa de Estudios de Lenguas Romances. Tokyo, Japan.

Atria, J.J. (2008) Estrategias de resolución de choques acentuales en el castellano de Santiago de Chile. Terceras Jornadas de Fonética en Chile. Concepción, Chile.

Alfero, D., Atria, J.J., Sologuren, E. (2008) Lexicografía chilena finisecular: Voces usadas en Chile de Anibal Echeverría y Reyes. III Congreso Internacional de Lexicología y Lexicografía. Lima, Perú.

Teaching Experience/Responsibilities

Introduction to MATLAB (Teaching Assistant)