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(updated June 2024)

Education

Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2021-present
University of California, Davis

M.A. in Digital Studies of Language, Culture, and History, 2021
The University of Chicago
Thesis: Do Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris Imitate the Accent of their Audience at Campaign Rallies?
Advisor: Alan C. L. Yu

B.A. in Linguistics, Minor in Statistics, 2021
The University of Chicago
College Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (Early Induction), Student Marshal, summa cum laude

Publications

Year Publication
2024 Julia Vonessen, Nicholas B. Aoki, Michelle Cohn, and Georgia Zellou. Comparing perception of L1 and L2 English by human listeners and machines: Effect of interlocutor adaptations. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 155(5), 3060-3070. [LINK]
2024 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Being clear about clear speech: Intelligibility of hard-of-hearing-directed, non-native-directed, and casual speech for L1- and L2-English listeners. Journal of Phonetics, 104, 101328. [PDF]
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Visual information affects adaptation to novel talkers: ethnicity-specific and ethnicity-independent learning of L2-accented speech. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 154(4), 2290-2304. [PDF]
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. When clear speech does not enhance memory: Effects of speaking style, voice naturalness, and listener age. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 51(1), 060002. [PDF]
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Speakers talk more clearly when they see an Asian face: Effects of visual guise on speech production. In: Radek Skarnitzl & Jan Volín (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 2294-2298). Guarant International. [PDF]
2022 Nicholas B. Aoki, Michelle Cohn, and Georgia Zellou. The clear speech intelligibility benefit for text-to-speech voices: Effects of speaking style and visual guise. JASA Express Letters, 2(4), 045204. [PDF]

Presentations

Year Presentation
2024 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Effects of speaking style and apparent talker variability on perceptual adaptation to L2-accented speech. 10th Annual UC Davis Symposium on Language Research. Davis, California, United States.
2024 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Ethnicity-specific and -independent learning: Effects of guise on adaptation to novel foreign-accented talkers. 98th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. New York City, New York, United States.
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. When speaking clearly does not enhance comprehension: Comparing intelligibility of hard-of-hearing- and non-native-directed speech for native and non-native listeners. 185th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Sydney, Australia.
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Ethnicity-specific and -independent learning: Effects of guise on adaptation to novel foreign-accented talkers. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 51. New York City, New York, United States.
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Speakers talk more clearly when they see an East Asian face: Effects of visual guise on speech production. 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Prague, Czech Republic.
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Comparing intelligibility and recognition memory of human and text-to-speech voices. 184th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Chicago, Illinois, United States.
2023 Nicholas B. Aoki, Masoud Jasbi, and Georgia Zellou. Under-informative utterances can be more accepted from digital devices than humans. 97th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Denver, Colorado, United States.
2022 Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou. Hey Alexa, are you a Valley Girl? Effects of social information on the perception of text-to-speech voices. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 50. San Jose, California, United States.
2022 Nicholas B. Aoki, Michelle Cohn, and Georgia Zellou. The Clear Speech Intelligibility Benefit for TTS Voices: Effects of Speech Style and Guise. The 18th Conference on Laboratory Phonology. Virtual.
2021 Nicholas B. Aoki and Alan C. L. Yu. Do Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris Imitate the Accent of Their Audiences? Analysis and Interpretation of Stylistic Variability. New Ways of Analyzing Variation 49. Virtual.
2021 Nicholas B. Aoki, Henry Mackall, and Alan C. L. Yu. Does Variation in Speech Production Impact Acoustic Cue Weighting in Speech Perception? 2021 University of Chicago Undergraduate Research Symposium. Virtual.
2020 Nicholas B. Aoki, Jacob B. Phillips, Daniel Chen, and Alan C. L. Yu. Convergence of the lot-thought merger in the U.S. Supreme Court. 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Grants/Awards

Year Grant/Award Institution
2024 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award [Nominee] UC Davis
2024 Phi Kappa Phi UC Davis
2023 Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics Student Paper Competition Winner ($300) Acoustical Society of America
2023 "Down Under Funder" Travel Grant ($1000) Acoustical Society of America
2023 Steven Lapointe Award ($850) UC Davis Department of Linguistics
2023 Student Award (GBP 600) International Phonetic Association
2022 Travel Award ($250) UC Davis Graduate Student Association
2022-2023 Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship ($48900) UC Davis
2021-2022 Provost's Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences ($59802) UC Davis
2021 Latin Honors (summa cum laude) University of Chicago
2021 Leonard Bloomfield Prize in Linguistics University of Chicago
2020 Phi Beta Kappa (Early Induction) University of Chicago
2020 Student Marshal University of Chicago
2020 College Summer Research Fellow ($5000) University of Chicago
2019-2020 College Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities Scholar ($5000) University of Chicago
2019 Dean’s Fund for Undergraduate Research Award ($1271) University of Chicago
2019 Jeff Metcalf Internship University of Chicago
2019 Liew Family College Research Fellow ($1000) University of Chicago
2017-2021 Dean’s List, University of Chicago University of Chicago
2017-2021 National Merit Scholarship ($8000) University of Chicago