||Ph. D. student
at Université Sorbonne
Nouvelle -Paris III
“Glottalization, tonal contrasts and intonation: An
experimental study of the Kim Thuong dialect of Muong”
(in Vietnamese :
Nguyễn T. Minh Châu)
Ph. D. project builds on my M.A. (Nguyễn 2016), which was a study on
the tone system of the Kim Thuong dialect of Muong (hereafter KTM).
Muong is a language belonging to the Vietic branch of Austroasiatic. My
Ph. D. project focuses on what is arguably the most striking feature of
the KTM tone system: its glottalized tone (Tone 4). Interactions
between this glottalized lexical tone and intonation will be studied
through the experimental analysis of speech materials ranging from
carefully controlled materials (such as words inside carrier sentences)
to “spontaneous speech” (both monologues and
dialogues). Experiments suggested by the analysis of production data
will be verified through perception tests. Computer tools will be
tailored to overcome difficulties in the quantitative study of
glottalization as a component of lexical tone. The aim is to understand
the full range of ways in which glottalization serves communicative
functions in Muong. From the point of view of general phonological
models, this study contributes to a better understanding (i) of tone
systems in Vietic, a typologically unusual group in terms of tone, and
(ii) of linguistic uses of the various avatars of glottalization.
in research operations
the Tibeto-Burman area
Within the Labex “Empirical
Foundations of Linguistics”:
• Evolutionary approaches to phonology: New goals and new
methods (in diachrony and panchrony) (strand 1, work package PPC-2)
- linguistic fieldwork - experimental phonetics/phonology -
Vietic languages - Muong language
2014-2016: Master in Linguistics. Vietnam National University in Hanoi
(VNU-USSH). Supervisor: Alexis
• 2010-2014: B.A. in Linguistics. Vietnam National University
in Hanoi (VNU-USSH).
May 2017. Minh-Châu NGUYỄN.
Allotonic variation of the glottalized tone of a Mường dialect, as
compared with the two glottalized tones of Hanoi Vietnamese.
Proceedings of SEALS XXVII (The 27th Meeting of the Southeast Asian
Linguistics Society), Padang, Indonésie.
—August 2015. Alexis MICHAUD, Jacqueline
Minh-Châu NGUYỄN. Phonetic insights into a simple
‘careful’ vs. ‘impatient’
realizations of Naxi
High, Mid and Low tones.
Proceedings of ICPhS XVIII (18th
International Congress of Phonetic Sciences), Glasgow.
2015. Michaud, Alexis, Michel Ferlus & Minh-Châu
2015. Strata of standardization: the Phong
Nha dialect of
Vietnamese (Quảng Bình Province) in historical perspective. Linguistics
Tibeto-Burman Area 38(1). 124–162.
— 2016. Michaud, Alexis, Minh-Châu Nguyễn &
2016. Z in company names: trendy clothing
for a typical
Vietnamese sound. Mon-Khmer
Studies 45. 53–65.
2016. M.A. thesis: The
tone system of Kim Thượng Mường: an experimental
study of fundamental frequency, duration, and phonation types.
(Also available in Vietnamese.)
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