||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
• 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 fieldwork - experimental phonetics/phonology -
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).
— 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.
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 &
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
2015. Strata of standardization: the Phong
Nha dialect of
Vietnamese (Quảng Bình Province) in historical perspective. Linguistics
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.
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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