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In O Russey village, Cambodia, with two Cham women

Marc Brunelle

About me
I am associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Ottawa. My main interests are phonological theory, phonetics, tone and intonation, sound change and the effect of language contact on sound systems. My research focuses on Southeast Asian languages, especially Vietnamese and Cham, and involves a significant amount of language documentation.

I am also director of the Sound Patterns Laboratory, a state of the art phonetics lab funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

I supervise graduate students working on prosody and/or Southeast Asian phonetics and phonology. If you are looking for a supervisor, please send me an email detailing your academic background and research interests.


Montreal Corpus tools: Tools for automatic conversion of quốc ngữ (Vietnamese script) to the International Phonetic Alphabet and for forced-alignment of southern Vietnamese transcriptions and recordings (developped by James Kirby and Michael McAuliffe).


If you cannot access a paper, contact me to get an electronic version

(2018) Colloquial Eastern Cham. The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area, A. Vittrant and Justin Watkins (eds.), De Gruyter Mouton, 522-557. (with Phú Văn Hẳn)

(2018) Phonotactic restrictions condition the realization of vowel nasality and nasal coarticulation: Duration and airflow measurements in Québécois French and Brazilian Portuguese. Journal of Phonetics, 69, 43-61. (with Félix Trudel-Desmeules)

(2017) Southeast Asian tone in a areal perspective. The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics, R. Hickey (ed.). Cambridge University Press, 703-731. (with James Kirby).

(2017) Stress and phrasal prominence in tone languages: The case of Southern Vietnamese. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 47, 3, 283-320.

(2016) Intonational phrase marking in Southern Vietnamese. Proceedings of Tonal Aspects of Language, Buffalo, 60-64.

(2016) Inconspicuous coarticulation: A complex path to sound change in the tone system of Hanoi Vietnamese. Journal of Phonetics, 59, 23-39. (with Hạ Kiều Phương and Martine Grice).

(2016) Tone and Phonation in Southeast Asian Languages. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10, 4, 101-207. (with James Kirby).

(2016) Information Structure in Asia: Yongning Na (Sino-Tibetan) and Vietnamese (Austroasiatic). The Oxford Handbook of Information Structure. Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara (eds.), Oxford University Press, 774-789. (with Alexis Michaud).

(2015) A history of Cham and its speakers. Rediscovering Cham Heritage in Cambodia. Language, Script, and Community, Alberto Pérez Pereiro and José López Cortina (eds.), Phnom Penh: Naga Editions, 46-97. (with Graham Thurgood).

(2015) Effects of lexical frequency and lexical category on the duration of Vietnamese syllables. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 5p. (with Daryl Chow and Nguyễn Thụy Nhã Uyên)

(2015) Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt). The Handbook of Austroasiatic Languages, Paul Sidwell, Matthias Jenny (eds.), Brill, 909-953.

(2015) Re-assessing tonal diversity and  geographical convergence in Mainland Southeast Asia. The Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: the state of the art, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, Nick Enfield and Bernard Comrie (eds), Mouton de Gruyter, 82-100 (with James Kirby).

(2014) Tonal allophony in Vietnamese: evidence from task-oriented dialogues. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody, 800-804 (with Hạ Kiều Phương and Martine Grice)

(2014) Ngữ điệu và các tiểu từ cuối câu trong tiếng Chăm Đông (Intonation and sentence-final particles in Eastern Cham). Ngôn Ngữ, 6 (301), 57-69 (with Phạm Thị Thu Hà).

(2013) The cross-dialectal perception of Vietnamese tones: Indexicality and convergence. The Linguistics of Vietnamese, Daniel Hole and Elizabeth Löbel (eds), John Benjamins, 9-34 (with Stefanie Jannedy).

(2013) Why is sound symbolism so common in Vietnamese? Grammatical Aesthetics in Southeast Asia, Jeff Williams (ed), Cambridge University Press, 83-98 (with Lê Thi Xuyên).

(2012) Dialect experience and perceptual integrality in phonological registers: fundamental frequency, voice quality and the first formant in Cham. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131, 4, 3088-3102.

(2012) Intonation in Northern Vietnamese. The Linguistic Review, 29, 1, 3-36 (with Hạ Kiều Phương and Martine Grice).

(2012) Phonologically-constrained change: The role of the foot in monosyllabization and rhythmic shifts in Mainland Southeast Asia. Diachronica, 29(4), 411-433 (with Pittayawat Pittayaporn).

(2011) Tone perception in Sgaw Karen. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences (with Joshua Finkeldey).

(2011) Perception in the field. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences.

(2010) A Laryngographic and Laryngoscopic Study of Northern Vietnamese Tones. Phonetica, 67, 147-169 (with Nguyễn Duy Dương and Nguyễn Khắc Hùng).

(2010) The role of larynx height in the Javanese tense ~ lax stop contrast. Austronesian and Theoretical Linguistics, Ralph Mercado, Eric Potsdam, Lisa Travis (eds). John Benjamins, 7-24.

(2009) Contact-induced change?  Register in three Cham dialects. Journal of Southeast Asian Linguistics, 2, 1-22.

(2009) Northern and Southern Vietnamese Tone Coarticulation: A Comparative Case Study. Journal of Southeast Asian Linguistics, 1, 49-62.

(2009) Diglossia and Monosyllabization in Eastern Cham: a sociolinguistic study. Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages,James Stanford, Dennis Preston (eds). John Benjamins, 47-75.

(2009) Tone perception in Northern and Southern Vietnamese. Journal of Phonetics, 37, 1, 79-96.

(2008) Diglossia, Bilingualism, and the Revitalization of Written Eastern Cham. Language Documentation and Conservation 2, 1, 28-46.

(2007) Social factors on the perception of Vietnamese tones (avec Stefanie Jannedy). Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Phonetic Sciences.

(2005) Eastern Cham Register: Phonetic, Phonological and Sociolinguistic Approaches. Ph.D. Dissertation, Cornell University.

(2005) Register and tone in Eastern Cham: Evidence from a word game. Mon-Khmer Studies, 35, 121-131.


Students papers written for the 2010 Field Methods course on Sgaw Karen


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Marc Brunelle

Dept. of Linguistics, 70 Laurier East, room 429

University of Ottawa Ottawa, ON Canada K1N 6N5  


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