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Minh Châu NGUYÊN Ph. D. student at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle -Paris III contact
“Glottalization, tonal contrasts and intonation: An experimental study of the Kim Thuong dialect of Muong” (supervisor: Alexis Michaud)


Minh Chau NGUYEN
(in Vietnamese :
 Nguyễn T. Minh Châu)

Research topic My 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.
Participation in research operations 

Within the LACITO research centre:

Languages of the Tibeto-Burman area

• Panchronic phonology

Terrains, Analyses, et Comparaison des Langues

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 description - linguistic fieldwork - experimental phonetics/phonology - Vietic languages


Training • 2014-2016: Master in Linguistics. Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU-USSH). Supervisor: Alexis Michaud
• 2010-2014: B.A. in Linguistics. Vietnam National University in Hanoi (VNU-USSH).
Conference presentations

— 2019, Minh-Châu Nguyễn, Lise Crevier-Buchman, Alexis Michaud, Didier Demolin. A glottalized tone in Muong (Vietic): a pilot study based on audio and electroglottographic recordings. ICPhS XIX (19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences), Melbourne, Australia. 5-9 August 2019.

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2020, Alexis Michaud, Minh‑Châu Nguyễn & Likun He 和丽昆, Voix de « ceux qui ne sont rien » en Asie du Sud-Est, Cahiers de Littérature Orale (hors-série "Oralités contestataires"):147-154. (on line)
— 2016. Michaud, Alexis, Minh-Châu Nguyễn & Hiển Phạm. 2016. Z in company names: trendy clothing for a typical Vietnamese sound. Mon-Khmer Studies 45. 53–65.
— 2015. Michaud, Alexis, Michel Ferlus & Minh-Châu Nguyễn. 2015. Strata of standardization: the Phong Nha dialect of Vietnamese (Quảng Bình Province) in historical perspective. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 38(1). 124–162.
— 2015. Michaud, Alexis, Minh Châu Nguyễn & Jacqueline Vaissière. 2015. Phonetic insights into a simple level-tone system: "careful" vs. "impatient" realizations of Naxi High, Mid and Low tones. Proceedings of ICPhS XVIII (18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences). Glasgow.

Mémoire :
— 2016. Mémoire de Master : The tone system of Kim Thượng Mường: an experimental
study of fundamental frequency, duration, and phonation types
. (Egalement disponible en version vietnamienne)

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