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Alexander Kilpatrick

Assistant Professor

Alexander Kilpatrick


Alexander Kilpatrick is an assistant professor in the faculty of international studies at NUCB. Alexander holds a double degree in Arts and Education from La Trobe University and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. His research examines the various ways that a listener`s native language influences the way that they perceive the sounds of other languages. In particular, Alexander`s research examines the role of Transitional Probability and Listener Expectedness to predict and account for the issues that listeners have in perceiving second in language speech. His areas of interest include Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, Predictability, Phonetics and Phonology.

Research Interests


Final Education

Ph.D., The University of Melbourne

Academic Papers

  • Alexander Kilpatrick (2023) A cross-linguistic, sound symbolic relationship between bilabial consonants, voiced plosives, and Pokémon Friendship. Frontiers in Psychlogy
  • Alexander Kilpatrick (2023) Random Forests, Sound Symbolism and Pokémon Evolution. PLoS One
  • Alexander Kilpatrick (2020) Japanese Perceptual Epenthesis is Modulated by Transitional Probability. Language and Speech 63 (2) :10.1177/0023830920930042
  • Alexander Kilpatrick (2019) Japanese co-occurrence restrictions influence second language perception. Applied Psycholinguistics 40 (2) :


  • (2020) Japanese Phonotactics and Non-Native Speech Perception. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Primary Researcher